NC Premiere of “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”

Braden-Film*photo credit: Sonja deVries

The North Carolina Premiere of the new documentary film “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot”
as part of the SEWSA 2013 Conference

Saturday April 20th, 2:45pm
Elliott University Center Auditorium, UNCG

We have limited number of free tickets for the community.  To reserve and print a free ticket for community members click hereAfter these tickets are gone, we will accommodate additional community members at the door on a first come first served basis – no guarantees!

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006) is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed as a white southerner who was “eloquent and prophetic” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail. Ostracized as a “red,” she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice activists.
Learn more about the film.

We are pleased to offer the North Carolina Premiere of this important film during the SEWSA conference.  The film features several North Carolina activists and events in North Carolina in which they and Ms. Braden participated.  The film will be followed by a panel of community members.

Confirmed panelists include:

Panel Moderator: Lisa Levenstein is associate professor of History and Women’s & Gender Studies at UNCG.  She is the author of the book A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (UNC Press, 2009), which was co-winner of the Kenneth Jackson Book Award, Urban History Association and received an Honorable Mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award, sponsored by the Organization of American Historians.  She is a community-engaged scholar known for numerous OpEd’s in regional and national papers on issues of racial, economic and gender justice and is a co-chair of Scholars for a Progressive North Carolina.  She currently teaches the internship seminar required for this in the internship/community leadership track of the UNCG WGS MA program.

Aleks Babic: Aleks Babić is a queer-identified white refugee born and raised in Sarajevo, former-Yugoslavia. She is currently a fourth year doctoral student of Public Health at UNCG studying social determinants of queer population health. Her involvement in racial justice was largely ignited and shaped by her mentor Sekinah Hamlin. Through her work with the Guilford College Anti Racism Team Aleks connected with members of the Greensboro-based radical street band Caka!ak Thunder, with whom she has been learning and playing for the past 4 years and considers one of her greatest accomplishments. She joins this panel as a local community member.

Faith Holsaert: When she was 19, Faith S. Holsaert joined the staff of The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), where she met Anne Braden. She worked as a board and then staff member of Braden’s organization, SCEF/SOC and they remained friends until Braden’s death. Holsaert spent most of her adult life in West Virginia where she raised her children and continued to work as an activist. In addition to her activist work, Holsaert is a published writer of both fiction and poetry.

Joyce Johnson: A mother and a grandmother, Joyce Johnson’s activism began as a high school student in Richmond, VA during the 1960s struggle for civil rights and open accommodations.  She deepened her involvement in college at Duke University, while supporting campus non-academic employees and the movement for relevant education.  A former university business professor and transportation research director, Johnson is currently Director of the Jubilee Institute of the Beloved Community Center, a community-based leadership development and training entity.  Johnson and others established the pace-setting Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project in 2001.   Modeled after the South African process, this initiative is designed to encourage truth, understanding, and healing throughout Greensboro related to the tragic murder of five labor and racial justice organizers by Ku Klux Klan and American Nazi Party members on November 3, 1979.  Johnson and her husband, the Rev. Nelson N. Johnson, play a leading role in this ground-breaking model for pursuing racial and economic justice. They are currently immersed in the implementation aspect of that work through an initiative, entitled “Our Democratic Mission.” The Johnsons were recognized for their work in 2005 through the prestigious Ford Foundation “Leadership for a Changing World Award” and the Faith and Politics Institute of Washington, DC “St. Joseph Day Award.” They also received the Purpose Prize Award in 2008. In 2012 they received the North Carolina A&T State University “Human Rights Award.”

Anne Lewis (filmmaker): is an independent documentary-maker associated with Appalshop and currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas-Austin School of Radio/Television/Film. Her work reveals working class people fighting for social change. Anne was associate director/assistant camera for Harlan County, U.S.A., the Academy Award-winning documentary about the Brookside strike. After the strike, she moved to the eastern Kentucky coalfields where she lived for 25 years. Documentaries she produced, directed, and edited include: To Save the Land and People (SXSW, Texas Documentary Tour) a history of a militant grassroots environmental movement; Justice in the Coalfields (INTERCOM gold plaque) about the community impact of the Pittston strike; On Our Own Land (duPont-Columbia Award for independent broadcast journalism) about the citizens’ movement to stop broad form deed strip mining; Chemical Valley, co-directed with Mimi Pickering (P.O.V., American Film and Video Blue Ribbon) about environmental racism; and most recently, Morristown, a working class response to globalization. Her documentary Fast Food Women about women struggling to raise families in minimum wage jobs with no benefits received national airing on P.O.V. and was part of a Learning Channel series of films about women by women.

Nia Eshu Martin-Robinson is a sassy, femme-tellectual, queer, black woman originally from Detroit, MI.  Since 2000, she has been a strong advocate for Environmental Justice.  She began this work with Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and later switched gears to sharpen her organizing skills with the Service Employees International Union. From 2006-2011, she served as Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative. There she worked with her team to bring the voices of people of color, Indigenous Peoples and low-income communities to the debate on a state, federal and international level. While in leadership, she also co-authored a report examining the impacts of Climate change and climate change policy on African Americans entitled “A Climate of Change: African Americans, Global Warming and a Just Climate Policy in the U.S.”   Today, Nia serves as the Activist in Residence at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC where she is also completing a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies and Political Science and minors in Sociology and Global Studies.  An amazing profile of some of Nia’s work can be found in Do It Anyway, a book by Courtney Martin that reveals a new generation of activism and calls on young people to transcend school-required community service and paper-pushing nonprofit jobs in favor of the kind of work that keeps you up at night because you believe in it so deeply.

Additional Invited Panelists include:

  • Al McSurely (lawyer and civil rights activist, featured in the film)
  • Monica Walker (Greensboro Undoing Racism Black Caucus)
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