Wednesday, February 5th, 7:30pm
Friends of Appalshop NYC Presents
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering
Appalshop Films, Whitesburg, KY, 2012, 77 min.
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot explores the extraordinary, some say incendiary, life of this American civil rights leader. When charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attack to embrace a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history. Braden was hailed as “eloquent and prophetic” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail and named as one of only five white southerners he could rely on as an ally. Ostracized as a “red,” Braden fought for an inclusive movement community and demonstrated that civil liberties were essential for civil rights. Anne Braden’s story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but the transformative power of a life committed to social justice.
“Let us pay tribute to our dear sister Anne Braden, known not just in Kentucky, not just in America, but around the world as a freedom fighter.” – Cornel West
Skype Q&A with director Mimi Pickering.
Appalshop was founded in 1969 as the Community Film Workshop of Appalachia, one of a group of workshops around the country established through a War on Poverty funding initiative. The workshops were intended to train minorities and the economically disadvantaged in the production and use of film so that they could address the needs of their communities.
50 years after Johnson announces the War on Poverty, we revisit the work of Appalshop through this series, January-March 2014.