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Barbara Ransby

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: The author lives and works in Chicago.

Biography: Ransby is an associate professor of History and African American Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a writer, historian and longtime activist and author of a biography of Ella J. Baker. She has worked with the Black Radical Congress, Progressive Media Project, Crossroads Fund, Public Square, African American Women in Defense of Ourselves and other activist organizations.


Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Non-Fiction

Barbara Ransby on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Ella Baker and the Black freedom movement :
ISBN: 0807827789 OCLC: 53946671

One of the most important African American leaders of the 20th century and perhaps the most influential woman in the civil rights movement, Ella Baker (1903-1986) was an activist whose remarkable career spanned 50 years and touched thousands of lives.