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Comments on “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”

“This documentary, in short, is amazing. Aside from the technical success of the film is the fact that Braden herself was an extraordinary human being.” – Leigh Kolb, Bitch Flicks

“A magnificent and faithful portrait of the Anne Braden I knew: courageous, militantly anti-racist, and radical to the core. Yet, it reveals so much more. The filmmakers compel even those of us familiar with her legendary activism to come to terms with her critical insight that racism is American democracy’s cancer, and unless we destroy it we can never achieve our nation or our humanity… Anne Braden changed my life; this film will change yours.” — Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination and Professor of History at UCLA

“Deeply moving and a valuable contribution to American history.” — Patricia Aufderheide, Center for Social Media, American University

“An inspiring tribute to an extraordinary woman and an even more compelling set of ideas: namely, that we all have an important role to play in the struggle for racial and economic justice, and that there is more than one way to live in white skin. Anne was a shero of the first order, modeling white allyship and solidarity across lines of color for over 50 years. That few Americans will have heard her story before now is a sad commentary on the inadequacy of our nation’s educational system, and an even more distressing indication of how often bravery and courage are overlooked when they emanate from those who challenge some of our most cherished myths about American democracy. This film is a must-see.”  — Tim Wise, anti-racism activist and author White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

“It is a deeply important film particularly for (those) who are struggling with understanding racism, classism and the paths to action. Anne Braden highlights the notion that oppression is not someone else’s problem; whatever our race or social position, we are all implicated, impacted, and morally obligated to fight injustice. Throwing her body into the fight, she shows us how to do this. As students, activists and academicians struggle to see the way forward in an age of venture philanthropy and reactionary politics, the lessons of Anne Braden’s life could not be more important. This film should be shown everywhere!  — Carolyne Ali-Kahn  Assistant Professor, Foundations & Secondary Education, University of North Florida

“A wonderful film! Captures who she was – her life, work, and spirit.” — Rosalyn (Roz) Pelles, Director of the AFL-CIO’s Department of Women and Human Rights

“Anne was legendary, absolutely passionate, fierce and led with integrity. It was a honor to know and work with her to fight the Klan and other racist groups here in the South. I encourage folks to learn about this remarkable warrior. – Loretta Ross, Co-founder SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective

This involving documentary is both a tribute to the Bradens and a riveting record of the times. (Anyone) studying the civil rights era will gain a deeper understanding of and respect for the activists. — Candace Smith, Booklist Online

Highly recommended — Video Librarian Review

“A gem of a film, accented with freedom fighters who speak firsthand about carving a path through a traumatized, violent, racist South, to make way for one of the largest and most effective nonviolent movements for social change the world has ever seen.”  Joan Baez, folksinger and activist


The Remarkable Story of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
Leigh Kolb
Bitch Flicks, May 2013

Anne Braden: Defiant, Inspiring, and Self-Aware
David J. Leonard
The Feminist Wire, January 2013

Race and Difference in the “Other America”: A Review of Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
Mary E. Frederickson, Miami University
Southern Spaces, June 18, 2013

A Traitor to Her Race
Susan Smith Richardson
The Texas Observer, June 1, 2012

“Southern Patriot: Documentary sheds light on local civil rights activist” 
Joe Sonka
Leo Weekly, August 22, 2012

Appalshop Documentary Focuses on Kentucky Civil Rights Champion
Merlene Davis
Lexington Herald-Leader, October 28, 2012

A Southern White in the Social Justice Trenches
Anne S. Lewis
The Austin Chronicle, July 13, 2012

UT lecturer’s documentary traces life and struggle of civil rights leader Anne Braden
Matthew Odam
The Austin-American Statesman, July 12, 2012

The Rag Blog
William Michael Hanks
July 14, 2012

A Town, Activism and Anne Braden
Betty Dotson-Lewis
The Daily Yonder, June 18, 2012