Ella Baker Day is a way to honor and celebrate Ms. Baker’s lifetime of community organizing and civil rights activism on behalf of communities, especially women of color. We are excited to bring Ella Baker Day to Loyola for an annual event held each April. The first Ella Baker Day will feature a social justice-themed art contest from local middle and high school aged youth. There will be two categories for submission, written (which would include poetry, essays, short stories, etc.) and visual/performance (which would include any type of visual or performance art).
We will invite finalists to come read, present, and perform during our Ella Baker Day event on Thursday, April 6. Keynote speaker, Dr. Rev. Heber Brown III, will announce the four contest winners at the end of the night. We will provide all finalists with a certificate of accomplishment from Loyola and contest winners with an additional monetary award. We are excited to celebrate your creativity! Thank you for giving us the chance to learn from your experiences and to better understand and connect with our own neighbors, all in the spirit of Ms. Baker’s legacy.