Braden, Carl, 1914-1975


Journalist and social justice activist, was born in New Albany, Indiana in 1914 and died February 8, 1975 in Louisville, Kentucky. Worked for the Louisville Herald-Post, Cincinnati Enquirer (1937-1945), and Louisville Times. He also wrote for other news services including the Harlan Daily Enterprise, the Knoxville Journal, the New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Newsweek, and the Federated Press. Braden and his wife Anne were active in civil rights organizations and efforts in Louisville including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League, the 1948 Progressive party campaign, the Militant Church Movement, and efforts to desegregate private hospitals, nurse training programs, parks, and schools. In 1954 the couple helped buy a house for an African American family in an all-white suburb of Louisville, Kentucky. Both were charged with sedition, and Carl was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and a $5,000 fine, but served only eight months of his sentence before he was able to raise his appeal bond. In 1956 the Kentucky Court of Appeals overturned his conviction. In 1957, he became a field organizer for the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF) and became coeditor of the Southern Patriot, a publication of the SCEF. Charged with contempt of Congress by the House Unamerican Activities Committee, he was sentenced to one year in prison (1961 to 1962). From 1966 to 1972, Carl and Anne Braden served as executive directors of SCEF. After leaving SCEF, he helped found the National Alliance against Racist and Political Repression. (American National Biography)

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