Barbara Ransby is a professor of history at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. She is a longtime activist and a founder of the group Ella’s Daughters. Most recently she works with the growing Movement for Black Lives and The Rising Majority

CultureM4BL Issue
Letter From the Year 2071
A vision of where the Black freedom movement could take us.
BLM protesters marched on streets
ViewpointM4BL Issue
Introducing the Movement for Black Lives Issue Takeover
Lessons on building collective power.
With Biden in Power, Beware the Neoliberal Backlash
Grassroots organizers and Black voters led Biden to victory. Our concerns and demands must be taken seriously.
Our Biden Problem
Movements face a challenge: how to oust Trump while still combatting Biden's neoliberalism.
Not Here To Behave: What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Shirley Chisholm Have in Common
Like Shirley Chisholm and Ella Baker, when candidates like Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib enter the halls of power, they bring their people with them.
With Pardon of Arpaio, Trump Gives a Green Light to Racist Cops and Vigilantes
This presidential action comes at a perilous time in U.S. history.
MLK Called for a “Radical Revolution of Values.” The Movement for Black Lives Delivers One.
50 years ago today, King blasted militarism, racism and poverty in his "Beyond Vietnam" speech. The new Beyond the Moment campaign carries forward his radical vision.
The (R)evolutionary Vision and Contagious Optimism of Grace Lee Boggs
Boggs' love for humanity ran strong and deep, serving as a generative force for creating change.
Quilting a Movement
Real movements for social change need many grassroots leaders—not one charismatic politician.
The Rot of D’Souza’s Rant
Coalition to Community