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With commemoration set Friday, Cooper proclamation honors Baker

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With the annual Ella Baker Day set Friday, Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation remembering the civil rights leader.

The Ella Baker Educational Project of North Carolina will honor Baker Friday morning at her Littleton home on at 302 East End Avenue at 8:30 a.m.

From Littleton, the commemoration moves to the Warren Armory Civic Center in Warrenton. The doors there open at 9:30 a.m. To be followed by a Civic Fair which includes the documentary Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker.

The Civic Fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon and will feature exhibits and presentations from area community organizations.

The documentary will air at 10 a.m. and there will be speakers and a question and answer session from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Speakers are;

Dr. Lenora Taitt-Magubane, Freedom Rider

Dr. Carolyn Brockington, great-niece

Dr. Lea E. Williams, author of We Who Believe in Freedom

There will also be advocacy updates: Bring on the Broadband, Internet Connect and Registered and Ready: Vote 2018.

The day includes presentation of the Ella Baker honor awards.

Cooper, in his proclamation, recognizes April 15 as the day to honor Baker, often to referred to as the Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement.

The governor’s document traces Baker’s move to Littleton and her graduation from Shaw University in 1927.

She moved to New York and joined the Young Negroes Cooperative League.

In 1940 she began work with the NAACP in 1940 as field secretary and then served as director of branches from 1943 to 1946.

In 1957 she joined Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in organizing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Two months into the sit-in movement, which began in Greensboro, she organized a meeting on February 1, 1960, which gave rise to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

The annual observance came to fruition through the work of Florine Bell, who spent some 13 years researching Baker.

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