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Ella Baker (1903-1986)

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Ella Baker.

After the first student sit-ins in February 1960, a former Harlem organizer turned Southern Christian Leadership Conference executive director, Ella Baker, worked to develop the isolated incident into a broader series of protests. Unlike some of her colleagues, Baker was enthusiastic about the growing student movement and leaders like John Lewis and Diane Nash. She organized the April 1960 conference that led to the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and continued to serve as an advisor to that group.

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