Documentary Uncovers Life Of Kentucky Civil Rights Leader

Feb 27, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky civil rights activist Anne Braden is the subject of a documentary film to be screened Thursday at the Central Library in Lexington.

Civil rights activist Anne Braden
Civil rights activist Anne Braden

She was called “eloquent and prophetic” by Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail, but many Kentuckians may never have heard her name. Braden worked tirelessly until her death in 2006 to bring all groups to the table when it came to civil rights.

"This was her issue and she was going to bring it up no matter how uncomfortable it made you," says Mimi Pickering, one of the filmmakers behind the documentary about Braden.

"She dedicated her life to trying to approach white people and work with white people and talk about the importance of white people being part of the struggle for racial equality," Pickering says.

Braden was charged with sedition for trying to desegregate a Lousiville, KY neighborhood in 1954. Now her story is chronicled in Anne Braden: Southern Patriot.

The film will be shown at 6 Thursday night at the Central Library in Lexington.