April 1, 2011
University of Virginia staff and students gathered Friday at the Rotunda to celebrate the life of Ella Baker. Baker was a civil rights activist, leader and educator whose contributions to women of color can still be felt across the nation.
Baker was from Virginia and worked to better the living conditions and opportunities for those less fortunate.
"Today we're sort of launching the move toward establishing the Ella Baker Day in the state of Virginia," said Sonya Donaldson, an English graduate student. "Ella Baker was active and considered the mother of the Civil Rights Movement."
Social activist Ruby Sales was among the speakers at Friday's event. Sales worked with and was a member of the civil rights organization, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, SNCC.