Ella J. Baker of Littleton, known for her activism and advocacy for human rights, is recognized for her economic impact as a leader and organizer of food and housing co-operatives.
Influences from his childhood years in Warren and Halifax counties proved to be rooted in Baker’s style of organizing in social and economic development to support self-sufficiency for low-income people who lack resources in respect the dignity of communities. affected.
On October 6 at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Baker was inducted as the first unsung co-op hero into the Co-op Hall of Fame, the co-op community’s most prestigious honor.
A collaboration has been formed to recognize this honor in his hometown of Littleton.
The Ella Baker Educational Project of NC, the Carolina Common Enterprise, the Ella Baker Women’s Center and the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center will host a reception and festive networking program at the Lakeland Theater on October 28 beginning at 4 p.m. The theater lobby gallery will feature an exhibit on Ella Baker showing significant moments in her life, economic and social developments impacting legacy, and a call to action for the co-operative movement.
Executive Director Peter Holloway said, “The Lakeland Cultural Arts Center is honored to host this celebration of the remarkable life and legacy of Ella Baker. Speakers for the program will include researchers and leaders of the cooperative movement.
This is a free event open to community leaders and the public who want to learn more about Ella Baker, the co-op movement for advice on food co-ops or a housing co-op as a viable consideration in providing affordable housing and other applications. of its constituents in terms of organization. Registration is required on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ella-baker-cooperative-movement-hall-of-fame-inductee-a-call-to-action-tickets-419741787987?aff= ebdssbdestsearch, or find the link at www.ebprojectofnc.org or the Ella Baker Education Project Facebook page.
After the program, guests are encouraged to dine at one of the local restaurants and return to the theater for Mike Wiley’s solo performance of “Breach of Peace”. For more information, visit www.Lakelandcac.org.