How HBCU Students Impacted the Civil Rights Movement

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  • A Fight for Equal Rights
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Ella Baker
  • Ruby Doris Smith Robinson
  • Patricia and Priscilla Stephens
  • The Greensboro Four
  • Norman Francis
  • Stokely Carmichael
  • Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • John Lewis
  • Julian Bond

Ella Baker

Ella Josephine Baker is widely known for assisting student activists in forming the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960 at her alma mater. She organized the meeting at Shaw University. Baker challenged school policies she thought was were unfair. After she graduated in 1927, she became active in fighting Jim Crow laws. She joined the NAACP in 1940 and helped organize Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (Photo: Courtesy of Library of Congress)

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