Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

June 7, 1941

On June 7, 1941, the New York Amsterdam News reported that the Brooklyn branch of the NAACP was launching a membership campaign under the direction of Ella Baker, field worker for the NAACP National Office. While Baker is best known for her organizing efforts in the South, she also lived and organized in New York City. “The committee’s plans call for a door to door canvas of every Negro section in Brooklyn,” the Amsterdam News reported. “Fred H. M. Turner, president of the Brooklyn Branch, issued a plea to all civic-minded residents of Brooklyn to aid in the fight for a square deal for Negro craftsmen and laborers in the National Defense industries.”

For more on Ella Baker, read Barbary Ransby’s Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision.

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