Born in 1924 in Louisville, Kentucky, she grew up in Alabama. As a young reporter, she covered the Birmingham court, and was troubled by its racist practices. As a white Southerner, she decided she could not stand by and observe injustice. She had to fight it as part of the Movement. In 1954 Braden and her husband Carl bought a house in an all-white Louisville suburb and turned over the deed to a Black family. They were targeted with cross burnings and death threats, and the home was bombed. Her husband went to jail for sedition. Between 1957 and 1973, she worked with the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF), an interracial organization. She remained active in the fight for social justice until her death in 2006.
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