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Ella Baker’s Catalytic Leadership: A Primer on Community Engagement and Communication for Social Justice
April 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
An event included as part of the Humanities for the Public Good Symposium, Ella Baker’s Catalytic Leadership: A Primer on Community Engagement and Communication for Social Justice is a book talk with Dr. Patricia Parker, hosted by Shawanna Sykes.
About the Book: For five decades, Ella Baker (1903–1986) worked behind the scenes with people in vulnerable communities to catalyze social justice leadership. Her steadfast belief in the power of ordinary people to create change continues to inspire social justice activists around the world. This book describes a case study that translates Ella Baker’s community engagement philosophy into a catalytic leadership praxis, which others can adapt for their work. Dr. Patricia Parker is Chair of the Department of Communication, where she is also a professor of critical organizational communication studies and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Participatory Research. Professor Parker’s research, teaching, and engaged scholarship focus on social justice leadership and decolonizing organizational communication processes. She is co-editor (with Larry Frey) of the University of California Press book series, “Communication and Social Justice Activism.” Her books, other published scholarship, administrative work and social entrepreneurial activities, inform a sustained focus to intervene in problems at the intersections of power, identity, agency, and organizing.
Shawanna (Shae) Sykes is a Licensed Career & Technical Educator. She graduated from East Chapel Hill High School and attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. While at A&T she studied and earned her degree in Family & Consumer Science Education grades (6-12). She’s been a CTE teacher for over 7 years. In her free time, she enjoys servicing hair clients, participating in community service events and spending time with family and friends. Shae is an Ella Baker Women’s Center board member and one of the original participants in the program as a teen.