Ella Baker Birthday Celebration in 1978


Ella Baker, 1968. AP photo.

Ella Baker, 1968. AP photo.

In 1978, friends of life-long civil rights activist Ella Baker (December 13, 1903 – December 13, 1986) convened a special event in New York to commemorate her birthday.

Here is the letter of invitation, signed by Joyce Ladner and Jennifer Lawson from the Ella J. Baker Birthday Committee. They solicited donations to support Baker in appreciation for her years of service through the NAACP, SNCC, SCLC, the YWCA, and more. Most of that work was of great value to society, did not provide Baker with a pension. The invitation is followed by a three page tribute by SNCC veteran Timothy L. Jenkins.

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