About the Show

JOURNEY PROUD is Alabama Public Television’s new documentary series highlighting the people, customs, and traditions of Alabama. Hosted by Joey Brackner, Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, JOURNEY PROUD canvases the state documenting Alabama’s diverse cultural heritage.

In 2011, after a trip with Joey Brackner,��folklorist for the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Director of the Center for Traditional Culture to research possible documentary subjects, Alabama Public Television’s Production Director, Christopher Holmes found himself enthralled with the idea of riding along with Joey in his capacity as State Folklorist conducting field work, learning about and experiencing Alabama’s rich cultural heritage directly. It didn’t take long for that fantasy to evolve into the idea for JOURNEY PROUD.

Once funding was in place from generous donors to the JOURNEY PROUD series, the show got the green light and JOURNEY PROUD began production with Mobile’s Mardi Gras in 2012 and continued throughout the year for the nine episode season. “What has been really exciting to discover as we’ve been out shooting episodes for this first season,” says Holmes, “is the level of pride everyone across Alabama takes in where they come from and their local traditions; but what’s also been encouraging is the amount of enthusiasm these folks express in learning about the other people, places, and traditions around the state. Documenting our own culture is critical to knowing our own story, and telling that story and inspiring others to understand the connections we all share can’t be overlooked. This is why Alabama Public Television is pleased to be partnering with the Alabama State Council on the Arts and making JOURNEY PROUD for home and classroom.”

About Our Host

Joey Brackner is the Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture, a department of the Alabama State Council on the Arts. As director, he oversees the Folklife project grants program, which supports efforts by Alabama organizations to present the state’s folk traditions as well as the Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants program supporting master folk artists who teach. In addition to making grants, the Center conducts research in order to produce the weekly Alabama Arts public radio program, an ongoing series of documentary music CDs and occasional traveling exhibitions.

Brackner is the author of Alabama Folk Pottery (2006) published by the University of Alabama Press. The book is a culmination of some twenty years of research on the subject.

Joey Brackner is a native of Fairfield, Alabama. He received a B. A. in Anthropology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1977 and a M. A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. He was Humanities Scholar in Residence at the Birmingham Museum of Art prior to being hired as state folklorist in 1985.

Journey Proud Supporters

Journey Proud is made possible with the support of these organizations:

Daniel Foundation of Alabama

National Endowment for the Arts

Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust

Alabama Power

Community Foundation of South Alabama

Alabama Humanities Foundation
A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Program Sponsors:

Alabama Tourism Department

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

University of West Alabama, Livingston