Ella Baker

This week on From the Vault we salute one of the great understated contributors of the Civil Rights Movement, Ella Baker. In 1968, several important Civil Rights leaders and activists decided to honor this tireless activist, and the resulting recording, A Salute to Ella Baker, became an instant Pacifica classic. It includes the voices of C.O.R.E. National Director Floyd Bixler McKissick; Anne Braden, a white woman from Kentucky whose work in the Civil Rights Movement resulted in her getting blacklisted from local employment; Black Power heavy-hitters Stokely Charmichael and H. Rap Brown; Karen Molloy, wife of imprisoned draft resister Joe Malloy; and professor, author, and friend Howard Zinn.

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