Mimi Pickering and Catherine Fosl (#807)
Anne Braden (1924-2006), a Louisville native, worked for racial justice throughout her life. She was among the white Southerners praised by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his Letter From Birmingham Jail in 1963.
She was perhaps best known for an attempt in 1954 to desegregate a Louisville neighborhood. Anne and her husband, Carl, bought a house and then sold it to a black couple. A storm of protest erupted, and the house was dynamited. The opponents of the sale attempted to link the Braden integration efforts to communism and the couple was charged with sedition. Carl Braden was found guilty and served jail time, but his conviction was overturned in 1956. Anne Braden was never tried.
The Appalshop film about Braden, a first-person documentary, was in production at the time of her death in 2006. The film juxtaposes archival material of the civil rights movement and Anne Braden with a variety of interviews.
Mimi Pickering, an award-winning filmmaker, is director of Appalshop's Community Media Initiative.
Catherine Fosl, associate professor in women's and gender studies at U of L, is the author of Subversive Southerner: Anne Braden and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Cold War South.
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot premieres Monday, Oct. 29 at 9/8 pm CT on KET.
Friday, October 19, 2012 at 5:00/4:00 pm CT on KET2
Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET
Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 7:30/6:30 am CT on KET2