“Remember, we are not fighting for the freedom of the Negro alone, but for the freedom of the human spirit a larger freedom that encompasses all mankind.” — Ella Baker


Baker’s partnership with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People began in 1938. In 1943, she became the highest-ranking woman by receiving the title “director of branches.” She strongly believed in equal rights and pushed the organization to include women and young people. But in 1946, she stepped down from her position and moved back to New York with her niece. She found herself working for the N.Y. branch of NAACP soon after she moved there. Once becoming the president, she encouraged the idea of locals running the organization and held leadership conferences in big cities. After about a year of being the organization’s president, she resigned in 1953 to run an unsuccessful campaign.