April 29, 2013 in 1960s-1970s
As the semester is winding down, we are hard at work to finish up the projects for the Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Our project on Anne Braden is coming along nicely, as Emme23 and I have officially begun sorting our information into six separate sections and divided up the responsibilities of creating our six pages based on the research and information we’ve gathered from so many different sources this semester.
Our six pages will be: Background/Family Life, Chronology, Journalism, Activism, Pictures/Quotes, and Additional Resources. We feel these distinctions will best serve anyone looking for information about Anne McCarty Braden.
It is very rewarding to watch a full semester’s work come together in a singular place. I am very hopeful that this resource will be useful for future students looking for information about Anne Braden. This semester I have learned of her strength, her dignity, her dedication, and her passion. My hope for this project is that we are able to share that tremendous personality with other students and researchers. I truly hope that Anne’s personality and dedication shine through, and that Emme23 and I are merely the vessel through which it arrives.
April 25, 2013 in 1950s-1960s, Political history
What would YOUR newspaper headline be?
Little woman, big heart, megaphone voice for Civil Liberties…
Anne and Carl Braden promote unity within the community…
Braden continues to defy all social norms…
Anne Braden revolutionizes civil rights communication with newspaper southern patriot…
The Other America, reflecting on a lifelong activist who break social norms…
April 23, 2013 in 1960s-1970s
As has been stated before, I am currently working on a project highlighting Martha Layne Collins’ contributions to civil rights in Kentucky. This task has proven much more difficult than originally assumed. When beginning the project we had intentions of interviewing Collins. As the project has progressed we have learned that task was much harder than originally expected. As a group, we expected people to be generally willing to help and intrigued with our research. In actuality, that has not always been the case. Some people we contacted did not feel as though they had the information to help us, such as the principal of Shelby County High School, but would pass our information along to people of the community he felt could contribute to our research. When we were connected with those people we were not always met with open arms. No one was ever rude to us, they just gave us the feeling as though contributing to our research was not as important as the other things they had to tend to. Usually, this meant they would pass the buck to someone else. This was what most of our time researching consisted of, contacting someone for them to tell us someone else to contact. Because of this, unfortunately, we have not made the progress we had hoped to make on this project.
April 22, 2013 in 1960s-1970s
This week, we are working on compiling all the information we have gathered surrounding Anne Braden and her life. We are finally going to be able to make the trip to Louisville to visit the Anne Braden Institute this Wednesday after several weeks of scheduling conflicts. We hope this visit will help us nail down the details our final project and truly represent Anne Braden in the manner she deserves. We are excited for this opportunity, and we’ll be updating as the week goes on about what we encounter.
Especially now, with the semester winding down, it’s hard to believe we only started this class a few months ago. The projects are so involved and so in depth, I feel as if we have been in this class for years. This class was not at all what I expected – it is so much more. It is a privilege to be a part of discovering the history of these important women, and I am so thankful that we have been able to do so.
April 22, 2013 in Historiography
Martha Layne Collins
As of right now, as a group we have made a lot of head way but have encountered some road blocks where they were least expected. After getting help from Miss Puckett about some new leads, we found that in most cases they were either disconnect or not the quality of source that we were expecting. However, we have quite a bit to go on as of now as we near the completeionof the project, namely some old classmates of Collins’ that we still have yet to contact. We are meeting this week before class to try and consolidate our research so that way we can put the information into the webpage as quickly as possible. We’re still in the gathering information stage however, so asthetically, the webpage may not be very pretty, but we still hope to fill it with as much information as possible on Collins from before she was governor. Hopefully once we get a good look at her nomination for the Hall of Fame, we’ll have a better idea of what she contributed to in the context of Kentucky Women in the Civil Rights Era. Until then we just have to continue to meet and bring our ideas into one cohesive unit.