Screening and Discussion of “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” with guest speaker, Arleigh Dodson,a retired Lewis & Clark College faculty member who was in Mississippi during the summer of 1964
Date: 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST January 21, 2015 Location: Templeton Campus Center in Council Chambers
Templeton Campus Center in Council Chambers
“If it was Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King who convinced me to join the struggle, it was Anne Braden who showed me how to do it. – Bob Zellner, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) first white field secretary
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a documentary film exploring the extraordinary life and legacy of this American civil rights leader. After she was charged with sedition for attempting to desegregate a Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood in 1954, Braden used the attacks to turn herself “inside out” and embrace a lifetime of racial justice organizing matched by few whites in American history.
Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was “eloquent and prophetic, ” and named as one of only five southern whites he could count as allies.
Labeled a “traitor to her race” and ostracized as a “red” by segregationists and even many in the civil rights movement, she fought for an inclusive community. She demonstrated that protecting civil liberties was essential to gaining civil rights.
Described as “one of the great figures of our time” by historian Jacquelyn Hall, Braden died in 2006 leaving a remarkable legacy as a grassroots organizer, committed journalist, movement strategist, social chronicler, teacher and mentor to three generations of social justice activists.
In the film Braden recalls 60 years of activism that intersected and linked issues of race with civil liberties, class, gender, sexuality, economic justice, environmentalism, and peace.
She delivers a powerful message on the dangers of racism and white supremacy, why it poses such an obstacle to social change, and the necessity of whites organizing with people of color to eliminate it.
Braden biographer Catherine Fosl, Angela Y. Davis, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Barbara Ransby, Rev. C.T. Vivian and Cornel West among others add their comments on the far-reaching implications of Braden’s life for activists, students, scholars and anyone interested in building a better world.
“This documentary, in short, is amazing. Aside from the technical success of the film is the fact that Braden herself was an extraordinary human being.” – Leigh Kolb, Bitch Flicks
Following the one hour documentary, we will have a discussion with Arleigh Dodson, a retired Lewis & Clark College faculty member who was in Mississippi during the summer of 1964 as part of the Freedom Schools, voter registration and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
Event CostFree and open to the public
Event ContactCathy Busha