Ella Baker’s Last Years

“Give light and people will find the way.”
— Ella Baker


After many years of traveling around, Ella retreated to New York City in 1967, but her activism didn’t take a break. She joined with Arthur Kinoy to start the Mass Party Organizing Committee, which was a socialist organization. In 1972, she began traveling again for the support of the “Free Angela” campaign, for the release of the writer and activist Angela Davis.

She also supported many other causes, such as the Puerto Rican independence movement, the elimination of apartheid in South Africa, the Third World Women’s Alliance, and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Ella Baker was an activist until her death in 1986, which happened to be on her 83rd birthday. She was extremely private, from keeping her surname after being married to not having any diaries.

Her legacy still lives on in a non-profit organization named after her. For more info on the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, please visit ellabakercenter.org.