Educating Harlem Lecture: Ella Baker: Radical Educator with Harlem Roots, with Barbara Ransby (postponed)
- 306 Russell
- 4/8/2013, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ella Baker received her own political education on the streets of
Harlem, but she also became a teacher there. Working in a New Deal
Program called the Worker's Education Project, she trained adult
students in what can only be called a version of Freire's pedagogy for
liberation. There, in classrooms in the Harlem Y and Harlem Public
Library, Ella Baker sharpened her own ideas and her approach to popular
education. She would pass those lessons on to the young people in the
Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee three decades later.
Barbara Ransby will talk about Ella Baker's own intellectual development on the streets of Harlem, the cast of characters who were her informal teachers, and how she herself became a Black Freedom Movement.
Barbara Ransby is a Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and African
American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago,
and Director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program. She is an
historian, writer, and longtime political activist. Ransby has published
dozens of articles and essays in popular and scholarly venues. She is
the author of an award-winning biography of civil rights activist Ella
Baker, entitled Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision
(University of North Carolina, 2003). She just completed a political
biography of Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson (a TC alumna), entitled Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson
(Yale University Press, 2013). Ransby is also working on a study of
African American feminist organizations in the 1970s. She serves on the
editorial board of the London-based journal, Race and Class, and a
number of non-profit civic and media organizations. Professor Ransby
received a BA in History from Columbia University and an MA and PhD in
History from the University of Michigan.
This talk will be re-scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year, TBD.
Educating Harlem is sponsored by the Teachers College Institute for Urban and Minority Education and the Center on History and Education, the Program in History and Education, the Office of the Provost, and Gottesman Libraries.
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- Jennifer Govan