The Wade purchase and sedition trial neither broke down housing segregation in Louisville nor realized the Wades' dream for a home. But the episode did portend the massive civil rights movement that would soon bring wider change to Kentucky, the South, and the nation.
For 15 years, the Bradens edited SCEF's Southern Patriot monthly newspaper and in 1966 moved SCEF headquarters to Louisville.
Anne’s memoir, The Wall Between, was published in 1958 and nominated for a National Book Award that year in nonfiction.
The youth-led sit-in generation that swept the South starting in 1960, white and black, no longer avoided the Bradens but sought their leadership. Throughout the 1960s the couple continued to help expand the civil rights movement in Kentucky and beyond, organizing for desegregation and economic justice. Though young activists across the country, especially whites, embraced the couple as icons, the government did not. With a group of younger SCEF activists opposing strip mining, the Bradens were again indicted for sedition in 1967 in Pikeville. This time a federal court immediately ruled the charges .
Andrew and Charlotte Wade, on the other hand, largely retreated from public activism, although Andrew did participate in some 1960s sit-ins. While his business suffered from the adverse publicity of the case, he continued to find success as an electrician and family man.