Sweet Honey in the Rock, “Ella’s Song”

It is Sunday, after all. This song is about Fundi Ella Baker, and was written by Bernice Johnson Reagon.

Ella Baker was yet another midwife–and enabler–of the Civil Rights Movement, helping the NAACP and/or helping to create what became the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (famously known as SNCC or “snick”), the Southern Conference Education Fund, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. She made the way straight for many more.

For her efforts, she was affectionately called Fundi, or she who keeps things running, in Swahili. She died in 1986 at the age of 83.

It’s spirit that’s being evoked in this song with these women that I love, even though it says nothing about the deity.

Sweet Honey in the Rock’s homepage is here.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights website is here.

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~ by blksista on May 16, 2010.

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