Ella Jo Baker
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
Baker was one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which organized sit-ins and challenged segregation rules and was the inspiration for many political organizations (including the Black Panthers). She worked on school desegregation and police brutality issues, organized Martin Luther King Jr.'s new Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and ran the Crusade for Citizenship, a voter registration campaign.