Anne Braden

October 11, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

In a time when integration was not widely accepted, you have people who stood up for African American rights like Anne Braden. Her story is an interesting one; she came from the class privilege, but was a Civil Rights Activist for African Americans. Just from reading the very beginning chapters of her biography by Catherine Fosl (Subversive Southerner) you can see how the Bradens bought a home for an African American family and were put on trial for being seen as communists. Many people would possibly give up due to the fact that they are facing adversity, but among adversity Anne Braden still worked to help African Americans which was very uncommon at the time and especially as she was a southern white women. Her life was made, but people like her who went out of there who embraced integration, and did not feel that is was justifiable to treat African Americans as inhuman are very courageous and very interesting people to read about.

3 responses to Anne Braden

  1. Courage. That’s what this woman showed. Maybe in our day there would be more like her would not just fight for a cause but fight for one that we all know to be inherently wrong. well done.

  2. Finally someone with some common sense. Anne Braden stepped outside the box by helping black people when she did. I am a firm believer in ‘you are a product of your own enviornment’ but clearly she was able to escape the mold and show some common sense. We are all the same, regardless of race, gender, or social class, people just need to recognize this as the truth.

  3. Anne Braden is the perfect example of being humane. Through her eyes and actions she proves that color is irrelevant. The only relevant aspect is changing the norm to understand the cruelty of African Americans.

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