65 Best Ella Baker Quotes From The Influential Civil And Human Rights Activist

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Ella Baker was an African-American human rights activist and a proponent of civil rights.

She is known for being one of the leading advocates in the civil rights movement. Baker worked in close proximity to Martin Luther King Jr.

Ella Baker stood for the eradication of racism within the fabric of American society and staunchly opposed the sexism that was present in the civil rights movement. Her efforts led to the creation of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and guaranteed the success of various events and organizations formulated during the civil rights movement. During her career, she also mentored many activists, such as Stokely Carmicheal, Bob Moses, and Rosa Parks who made major contributions to the civil rights movement. So, don't go anywhere because we have the best Ella Baker quotes prepared for you!

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Famous Ella Baker Quotes

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Here are many famous Ella Baker quotes that she made throughout her career.

1. "Give light and people will find the way."

- Ella Baker.

2. "In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been."

- Ella Baker.

3. "One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going."

- Ella Baker.

4. "Strong people don't need strong leaders."

- Ella Baker.

5. "When I came out of the Depression, I came out of it with a different point of view as to what constituted success."

- Ella Baker.

6. "Singing alone is not enough; we need schools and learning."

- Ella Baker.

7. "The struggle is eternal. The tribe increases. Somebody else carries on."

- Ella Baker.

8. "With the Depression, I began to see that there were certain social forces over which the individual had very little control."

- Ella Baker.

9. "People cannot be free until there is enough work in this land to give everybody a job."

- Ella Baker.

10. "There is also the danger in our culture that because a person is called upon to give public statements and is acclaimed by the establishment, such a person gets to the point of believing that he is the movement."

- Ella Baker.

11. "Well, my greatest fling has still to be flung, because as far as I’m concerned I was never working for an organization. I have always tried to work for a cause."

- Ella Baker.

12. "And there's a lot of difference between the development of single individuals as leaders and the development of leadership, with leadership concepts."

- Ella Baker.

13.  "Basically I believe human beings want to live in a decent world."

- Ella Baker.

14. "The three years from '60 to '63, out of my fifty-odd years, seems to me to be the best years of my life."

- Ella Baker.

15. "I've always thought first and foremost of people as individuals."

- Ella Baker.

16. "Wherever there has been struggle, black women have been identified with that struggle."

- Ella Baker.

17. "I came out of a family background that involved itself with people."

- Ella Baker.

18. "The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organization might come."

- Ella Baker.

19. "We’d go around to settlement houses and conduct classes."

- Ella Baker.

20. "...and the cause to me is bigger than any organization."

- Ella Baker.

Quotes About Ella Baker On Her Life

These Ella Baker quotes are about the life of the revered African-American human rights activist.

21. "I grew up in North Carolina; had my schooling through the college level in North Carolina."

- Ella Baker.

22. "I've never credited myself with a professional life. But, basically, it has been that."

- Ella Baker.

23. "I had been friendly with people who were in the Communist party and all the rest of the Left forces."

- Ella Baker.

24. "How did I make a living? I haven't. I have eked out an existence."

- Ella Baker.

25. "I began boarding school at the high school level."

- Ella Baker.

Motivational Ella Baker Quotes

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26. "I didn't break the rules, but I challenged the rules."

- Ella Baker.

27. "I have always thought that what is needed is the development of people who are interested not in being leaders as much as in developing leadership in others."

- Ella Baker.

28. "One should never shut himself completely but be social too."

- Ella Baker.

29. "Meet with people, interact, stay alert and updated about life and your surroundings."

- Ella Baker.

30. "This may only be a dream of mine, but I think it can be made real."

- Ella Baker.

31. "We must also know that we are in, in the final analysis, the only group that can make your free is yourself, because we must free ourselves from all of things that keep us back."

- Ella Baker.

32. "Awake youth of the land and accept this noble challenge of salvaging the strong ship of civilization by the anchors of right, justice, and love."

- Ella Baker.

33. "But one of the guiding principles has to be that we cannot lead a struggle that involves masses of people without getting the people to understand what their potentials are, what their strengths are."

- Ella Baker.

34. "I am a person that feels that I have to maintain some degree of personal integrity and be my own barometer of what is important and what is not."

- Ella Baker.

Civil Rights Activist Quotes By Ella Baker

Here are some Ella Baker quotes on activism. This list is also great for those looking for Ella Baker quotes on social issues, "let nobody turn us around quotes", and other Ella Baker quotes.

35. "I suppose that the first organized effort that might be considered something of civil rights was the Young Negroes' Cooperative League."

- Ella Baker.

36. "I think that SNCC [Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee] had never really developed an organizing technique."

- Ella Baker.

37. "People cannot be free until they realize that peace...that peace is not the absence of war or struggle, it is the presence of justice. "

- Ella Baker.

38. "I had known, number one, that there would never be any role for me in the leadership capacity with SCLC."

- Ella Baker.

39. "I think personally, I've always felt that the Association [NAACP] got itself hung-up in what I call its legal successes."

- Ella Baker.

40. "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's son, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens."

- Ella Baker.

41. "Oppressed people, whatever their level of formal education, have the ability to understand and interpret the world around them, to see the world for what it is, and move to transform it."

- Ella Baker.

42. "We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes."

- Ella Baker.

43. "Even if segregation is gone, we will still need to be free; we will still have to see that everyone has a job. "

- Ella Baker.

44. "As the young people moved out into the community and finally were able to be accepted, they began to discover indigenous leaders..."

- Ella Baker.

45. "...at one time the pacifist movement was a very radical concept."

- Ella Baker.

46. "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.

47. "Even if we can all vote, but if people are still hungry, we will not be free."

- Ella Baker.

48. "I use the term radical in its original meaning–getting down to and understanding the root cause."

- Ella Baker.

49. "I don't think you could go through the Freedom Movement without finding that the backbone of the support of the Movement were women. "

- Ella Baker.

50. "I don't think that the leadership of Montgomery was prepared to capitalize, let's put it, on the projection that had come out of the Montgomery situation."

- Ella Baker.

51. "The major job was getting people to understand that they had something within their power that they could use."

- Ella Baker.

52. "I began to feel that my greatest sense of success would raise the level of masses of people, rather than the individual being accepted by the Establishment."

- Ella Baker.

53. "We aren’t free until within us we have that deep sense of freedom from a lot of things that we don’t even mention in these meetings."

- Ella Baker.

54. "I have always felt it was a handicap for oppressed peoples to depend so largely upon a leader..."

- Ella Baker.

55. "We can only create a new world out of a commonness of purpose and a decent respect for all the people who are helping to contribute to it."

- Ella Baker.

Quotes From Ella Baker About Other Leaders

Here are some Ella Baker quotes about other leaders.

57. "I think that Walter’s whole career is indicative of a large degree of egocentricity."

- Ella Baker.

58. "He was a product of his period, which was that of self-projection in the name of organizational interest."

- Ella Baker.

59. "Nixon was the one force in Montgomery for a number of years that made any effort in the direction of challenging the power structure."

- Ella Baker.

60. "King was one of the two young ministers – and you know how directly oriented the community still is towards the minister as the leader."

- Ella Baker.

61. "So, Ed Nixon really was the force that conceived of the boycott."

- Ella Baker.

62. "Walter White was one of the best lobbyists of the period."

- Ella Baker.

63. "Martin had come out of a highly competitive, black, middle-class background."

- Ella Baker.

64. "Everything was left to King and the group that was around him."

- Ella Baker.

65. "I didn't have any close relationship with him because, although DuBois may not have been as egocentric - I don't know - he certainly was not the easiest person to approach."

- Ella Baker.

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