She formed the Young Negroes Cooperative League in Nyc, and afterwards became a national manager for the NAACP. She also worked together with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to support civil rights activism on college campuses. Baker died in Nyc in 1986. She grew up in rural North Carolina. Baker was close to her grandma, a former slave. Her grandma told Baker many stories about her life, including a whip she’d received in the hands of her owner.
A brilliant pupil, Baker eventually went to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. After she completed her degree, Baker moved north to Nyc. There she worked numerous occupations while attempting to make ends meet. Baker helped begin the Young Negroes’ Cooperative League, which enabled its associates to pool their funds to get better deals on goods and services.