I Admire Anne Braden
As a white woman involved in anti-racist work, I can't help to admire Anne Braden whose message was that it is the responsibility of white people to work against racism.. Braden (1924-2006) was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in Anniston, Alabama. She was a journalist in Louisville and she and her husband were two white leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. She was commended by Martin Luther King, Jr in his "Letter From the Birmingham Jail", was active in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). She was labeled a communist and arrested for sedition. She was hated by white politicians, especially in the South. She continued her work into her 80s. The musical group Flobots wrote a song about her which includes audio clips (it's available on You Tube). Anne Braden is an inspiration to all of us that fight racism, especially in today's climate when so many white people are using their voices to excuse and promote racism and hatred.