Opening reception Oct. 1, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch (301 York St.)
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 a collaboration with University of Louisville Archives, Louisville Free Public Library, and Courier-Journal Media. “Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954,” will feature hundreds of photos and archival materials from the home purchase, trial, Carl Braden’s imprisonment, the years following the case, and events of the civil rights era that strongly impacted the case.
The opening reception will be held on Oct. 1, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library (301 York St.) and will feature a sneak preview of a play that presents the Wades’ and Bradens’ stories and connects them to current situations surrounding race and housing. The full staging of the play, which will include a reenactment of Carl Braden’s sedition trial, will take place Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Allen Courtroom at the Brandeis School of Law. The public library also is offering the following related programming:
October 7, 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion on the Social Construct of Race: Immigrants and the “Box” with special guest Amer Zhar: Palestinian-American scholar/comedian/filmmaker.
October 21, 7 p.m.
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
Film Viewing and Panel Discussion
October 22, 6 p.m.
Adult Book Discussion
The Wall Between by Anne Braden
Crescent Hill Library
The exhibit runs through Nov. 9, 2014. Anne Braden Institute will close out this fall semester of commemoration with structural racialization expert and University of California law and African American and ethnic studies professor john a. powell, J.D., delivering the Anne Braden Memorial Lecture on Nov. 11, 5:30 pm, at the Belknap Playhouse.
Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 3:10 pm