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Johnson Reviews ‘Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement’

Cedric Kwesi Johnson, assistant professor of political science, had his review of Barbara Ransby’s book “Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement” published in the Sept. 8 issue of In These Times magazine. Titled “A Woman of Influence,” the article focused on civil rights pioneer Ella Baker, who he characterized as “a consummate organizer, a politically sophisticated intellectual, a patient teacher, faithful comrade, and in many respects a miracle worker.”

Ransby's book, wrote Johnson, “represents a major contribution to American historiography. She offers an authoritative, meticulously researched, intimate portrait of Baker’s captivating life. As executive director for the Public Square, a Chicago-area organization dedicated to open political debate and participatory democracy, Ransby writes as a kindred spirit. The result is a graceful, deeply personal work with even deeper political value for the contemporary American left.”

Johnson joined the Colleges faculty in 2001, and he also serves on the planning committee for the Rochester Labor Lyceum.