||Ella Baker was a part of the Civil Rights Movement.|
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Her paternal grandparents were Margaret and Teamer BAKER.
Her maternal grandparents were Josephine Elizabeth "Bet" and Mitchell ROSS. 
Ella Josephine Baker was born in 1903 in Norfolk, Virginia and her parents were Georgiana "Anna" ROSS and Blake BAKER. 
When she was seven, her family moved to her mother's rural hometown of Littleton, North Carolina. As a girl she listened to her grandmother Bet, who had been born into slavery, tell stories about slave revolts. As a young woman Bet had been whipped for refusing to marry a man chosen for her by her enslaver.
She went to the state capital to attend Shaw University, a historically black university in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a student, she challenged school policies which she thought were unfair, At the age of 24. she graduated as class valedictorian in 1927 and then moved to New York City during the period of the Great Migration, when many blacks were leaving the South to escape its oppressive society. 
She married her college sweetheart, but used her maiden surname. She rarely discussed her private life or marital status and many people close to her, did not know that she was married for 20 years to T. J. "Bob" ROBERTS. She was a Civil Rights leader and their respective work schedules often kept them apart and they divorced in 1958. 
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