“We who believe in freedom cannot rest.” Ella Baker (1903-1986) Executive Secretary of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and guiding light of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Ella Baker profoundly shaped two of the most significant civil rights groups of the 1960s. Photos usually show her in one of two settings: behind a… Read More #DoPowerDifferently: Ella Baker
My book Caught in the Crossfire grew out of my lifelong passion for novels and movies (especially crime fiction and film noir), a commitment to progressive politics past and present, and a critical moment of archival serendipity. As I was beginning my dissertation research, I took a trip to the State Historical Society in Madison,… Read More How I Got Caught in the Crossfire
I knew fairly early on in my graduate training that I was not going to follow a conventional academic path. I’d started UW-Madison’s PhD program in women’s history in 1985 on fire with feminism and ready to change the world. By early spring of 1987 I knew I wanted to be “out there” rather than… Read More #alt ac before #alt ac was cool.