Earlier this week, on May 1st, International Worker’s Day, Appashop released the film, Anne Braden: Southern Patriot. Produced by Anne Lewis and Mimi Pickering, Appalshop describes the film as a “feature length documentary exploring the remarkable legacy of this grassroots organizer, committed journalist, civil rights leader, movement strategist, social chronicler, public intellectual, teacher and mentor to three generations of social justice activists.”
Braden made her home in Kentucky and was branded a communist and seditionist for buying a house in Louisville for an African American family during the Cold War 1954. Throughout her life she worked toward, as Media Database says, “awakening the consciousness of whites to the legacy of racial injustice, and demonstrated that racism is a social construct that can be deconstructed.”
In this short clip Braden says, “I never knew anybody who really got active because of guilt. Everybody I know that’s white that’s got involved in this struggle got into it because they glimpsed a different world to live in. . . Human beings have always been able to envision something better…All through history they’re have been people who have envisioned something better in the most dire situations. That’s what you want to be a part of.”
Here’s a three minute sample from the producers. Follow their facebook page to keep up with all the showings. If anyone is interested in providing a space to view the film in Little Rock, please contact us! We’ll provide the organizing if you can provide the space!
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006) — 3 minute sample from Anne Lewis on Vimeo.