Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research

ANNE BRADEN INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

This project grew out of the University of Louisville’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, namesake to longtime Louisville-based anti-racist journalist Anne Braden. A coalition of historians, students, and workers connected to the Institute partnered with a community group called Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice, or LSURJ, to create two digital stories that examine the ways that the 1966 call to “organize your own” infused organizing for racial equity in and around Louisville.  The first digital story focuses on the profound influence on several generations of Anne Braden and her husband Carl as committed white allies to the cause of African American freedom since the 1950s.  The second digital story explores more contemporary manifestations of whites organizing other whites by profiling Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a local and national network organizing white communities to join with people of color in ending racism. These stories juxtapose oral history audio snippets with relevant historic images and artifacts. The creative and production team included graduate student Wes Cunningham (lead oral historian and narrator), community activist Carla Wallace of LSURJ, historian Lara Kelland, technology assistants Jamie Beard and Nia Holt, and Braden biographer and Institute director Cate Fosl.

 

The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research was established in 2007 at the University of Louisville, and works to bridge the gap between research and action for racial and social justice in the tradition of longtime southern white anti-racist journalist Anne Braden. The Institute convened a coalition of Louisville historians, students, and community workers who developed this vid-cast project to explore the influence of Anne and Carl Braden on contemporary activists with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), depicting the importance of organizing in white communities with ongoing Black leadership. The creative and production team includes graduate student Wes Cunningham (lead oral historian and narrator), community activist Carla Wallace of LSURJ, historian Lara Kelland, technology assistants Jamie Beard and Nia Holt, and Braden biographer and Institute director Cate Fosl. anne-braden.org

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