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Unsung Sheroes: 10 Historical Black Women Figures

Ella BakerElla Baker

While it’s important to celebrate those at the frontlines, Civil Rights leader Ella Baker is hailed for her noise behind the scenes. An ally with NAACP, Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Baker fought for equal rights alongside W.E.B. Dubois, Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall.

In addition to advocating for African-American civil rights, Baker also participated in the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, as well as member of the Third World Women’s Alliance. She continued fighting for human rights until her death in 1986.

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