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Film screenings to focus on local civil rights leader

Ella Baker Day celebration planned

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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:27 am

Three screenings of the film, “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker,” have been planned in the local area beginning Thursday to honor the life of the civil rights activist who grew up in Littleton.

Screenings have been scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, Littleton Public Library, 114 E. South Main St.
  • Monday, Feb. 26, Roanoke Rapids Public Library, 319 Roanoke Ave.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, Warren County Memorial Library, 119 S. Front St. Warrenton.

All screenings are free of charge to the public and will be held from 5-6:30 p.m.


The woman who became known as ‘Fundi’

The valedictorian of the Class of 1927 at Shaw University in Raleigh, Baker moved to New York City, where she became involved in the Harlem Renaissance through organizing consumer cooperatives and working for the NAACP.

She later became active with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and other efforts. For her influence on the civil rights movement, Baker was nicknamed “Fundi,” a Swahili word meaning a person who teaches a craft to the next generation.  

Several books about her life are available, including “Ella Baker: Freedom Bound” by Joanne Grant, which was made into the documentary, “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker.”

Baker has been honored with a historical marker on Highway 158 in Littleton near her childhood home, and April 15 has been designated by Warren and Halifax counties, and the town of Littleton, as Ella Baker Day. The date was selected to commemorate the weekend of April 15-17, 1960, when Baker began organizing the students at Shaw University to form the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.


Coding workshop

Prior to the 2018 observance of Ella Baker Day, a coding workshop for girls in ninth grade through college will be held Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Buck Spring Center, 217 Nathaniel Macon Dr., Littleton. Lunch will be provided.

The workshop is free of charge and is designed for coding beginners. Those attending will learn how to set up websites. A laptop computer is helpful, but not required.

Space is limited to 30 participants, and the registration deadline is March 10.

For more information or to register, visit the website, djangogirls.org/littleton.


Ella Baker Day 2018

Warren County will celebrate the legacy of Ella Baker during Ella Baker Day activities on Friday, April 13, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Activities will include a civic fair, screening of “Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker,” a forum, “Bring on the Broadband,” and presentation of the Ella Baker Honors Awards recognizing people who have worked to address social injustices.

Nominations for award recipients will be accepted through Wednesday, Feb. 28.

For more information, visit the website, ellabakereducationalprojectofnc.org.