September 27, 1962, Annual Convention Of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Birmingham, Alabama
Born on July 28, 1924, in Louisville, Kentucky, Anne Gambrell McCarty Braden belonged to a family of genteel middle-class segregationists. Braden was exposed to the stifling constraints of race, class, and gender in Anniston, Alabama. With a degree in journalism, she worked for the Anniston Star and the Birmingham News. She also covered the courthouse beat of the “Magic City,” where she witnessed the judicial system’s unfair treatment of blacks. On September 27, 1962, Braden spoke at the Annual Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. This chapter reproduces Braden’s speech, in which she described how the civil rights revolution brings about change by confronting segregation. She also urged the civil rights movement to maintain its radicalism and its emphasis on civil liberties.
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