Alan Brauer Anderson, 83, died on Sept. 3, 2018, in Bowling Green, Ky., after a long battle with heart disease.
Alan was born to the late Homer and Margaret Brauer Anderson in Oklahoma City. He attended high school in Ponca City, and graduated from Knox College with a BA in Philosophy. Alan went on to receive a BD in Theology, and an MA and PhD in Social Ethics at the University of Chicago, where he also taught Ethics and Society. Alan later taught at Wilberforce University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before arriving at Western Kentucky University’s Department of Philosophy and Religion, where he taught for 27 years.
It was during his years in Chicago that Alan became deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In August 1962, at the invitation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alan joined a nonviolent protest to end segregation in Albany, Ga. Upon his return to Chicago, he continued his work in the movement with the Coordinating Council of Community Organizations, and played an important role working again with Dr. King in the Chicago Freedom Movement of 1965-1967.
Together with the late George W. Pickering, Alan wrote Confronting the Color Line: The Broken Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in History in 1988.
In 2008, Alan received the Knox College Alumni Achievement Award and in 2014, he was honored with induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Alan was a friend of Bill W. for 28 years. He was an avid sports fan. He loved music, especially jazz, opera, and bluegrass, and he enjoyed traveling. He and Standard Schnauzer Telly were reigning champions in local dog-owner look-alike contests.
Alan is survived by his wife, Denise, daughters Amy Anderson and Margaret Galloway (Jeff), as well as grandson Matthew Daley (Svetlana) and granddaughters Maeghan Deutsch (Charley), Kylie Galloway, and Lakin Galloway.
A celebration of Alan’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bowling Green. Donations to the American Civil Liberties Union or Cumberland Heights (Nashville, Tenn.) would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Arrangements have been entrusted to J.C. Kirby & Son Lovers Lane Chapel.