If you follow us on Twitter, you’ve seen the hashtags #BradenWadeat60 and #Subversives1954. On May 15, 1954, Andrew and Charlotte Wade and their toddler, Rosemary, moved into a house in what is now Shively. They were the only African American family in the neighborhood, and six weeks later, segregationists dynamited their home. Anne and Carl Braden, whites who were committed to labor and civil rights, had purchased the home on behalf of the Wades. The Bradens were accused of staging the home purchase and bombing as part of a communist plot to take over the government of Kentucky.
The year 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of a home purchase, bombing, and trial that would rock Louisville and the nation–and that continues to impact how we live, work, and go to school with one another today. The Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research will mark the anniversary with a series of fall events, including:
- Sept. 16: “Louisville’s ‘Most Perfect Union:’ An Examination of United Farm Equipment Workers Local 236 at International Harvester.” Labor scholar Toni Gilpin speaks on militant Louisville union from 1950s, FE-236, whose black and white leaders were early challengers of local park segregation.
- Oct. 1- Opening reception for “Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954,” an exhibit at the Louisville Free Public Library about the sedition trial and surrounding events of 1954 (the exhibit runs Sept. 25-Nov. 9, and the library is planning complementary programming)
- Oct. 24: UofL’s Department of Theatre Arts will produce a reenactment of the sedition trial in the Brandeis School of Law’s Mock Trial Courtroom
- Nov. 11: The 2nd annual Research Meets Activism Breakfast
- Nov. 11: The 8th Annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture, delivered by Dr. john a. powell, Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California Berkeley School of Law (read more)
- Ongoing since Feb. 2014: the “Home for Us All” campaign, based on the action steps outlined in “Making Louisville a Home for Us All: A 20-Year Action Plan for Fair Housing.” Look out for a public awareness campaign about the plan starting in October. In the meantime, check out the Louisville-Jefferson County fair housing oral history collection, now streaming through University of Louisville Archives & Records: http://digital.library.louisville.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/housing/
Also on Sept. 18th, the ABI also will be co-sponsoring the Peace Day event, “Commemorating Twenty Years of South African Democracy,” featuring a performance by South African poet/theater artist Diana Ferrus.
Dates, times and locations subject to change, so visit this site often for the most current information!
Posted on Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 5:07 pm