Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2020


Student Research Opportunities Program


This research aims to unpack the final years and ultimate split of the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF). Despite its influence and connection with other well-known civil rights organizations, SCEF is still relatively obscure. During the 1950s, SCEF operated as a Southern civil rights organization that focused on organizing whites in the struggle against racism, oppression, and exploitation. They aimed to bring poor and working-class whites into coalitions with the black liberation movement.

In the first years of the 1970s, conflicts between members of SCEF and Louisville’s Black Panther Party led to an organizational split that included the resignation of long-time SCEF directors, Anne and Carl Braden, in 1974.