Legendary Activist and Former Chairperson of the Black Panther Party
Elaine Brown is a former leader of the Black Panther Party, and author of A Taste of Power and The Condemnation of Little B. — A Taste of Power was optioned in January 2007 by HBO in connection with its six-part series The Black Panthers, now in development. Brown is presently co-authoring For Reasons of…
Elaine Brown is a former leader of the Black Panther Party, and author of A Taste of Power and The Condemnation of Little B. — A Taste of Power was optioned in January 2007 by HBO in connection with its six-part series The Black Panthers, now in development.
Brown is presently co-authoring For Reasons of Race and Belief, The Trials of Jamil Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) with Karima Al-Amin (for 2010 publication by Basic Books), and is completing the non-fiction book Melba and Al, A Story of Black Love in Jim Crow America, slated for publication in 2009 (Seven Stories Press).
She is the editor of Messages from Behind the Wall, a collection of autobiographical essays by black prisoners in New Mexico, published in February 2007 by the New Mexico Department of African American Affairs. In 1996, after living seven years in France, Brown moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she established the nonprofit education corporation Fields of Flowers.
In 1997, Brown co-founded Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice, and, in 2002, co-founded and became a Board member of the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform. Presently, Brown is a member of the Georgia Geechee Council, a partner in Seize the Time, Inc., a member of the Committee to Free Romaine “Chip” Fitzgerald, and a partner in The Toubakolong Partnership (The Gambia).
In November 2005, Brown ran for mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, with the intent of using the office to create a base of economic power for the city’s majority black and poor population through redistribution of the massive revenues of the city’s port. She is co-founder of the Brunswick Women’s Association for a People’s Blueprint.
Brown is Executive Director of the Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee, supporting the legal appeal of Lewis (“Little B”), who, arrested at the age of 13 for a murder he did not commit, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison (1997). Brown regularly lectures at colleges and universities throughout the country on “New Age Racism” and realization of the vision of eliminating racism, gender oppression and class disparity toward an inclusive and egalitarian world society.
A fluent French speaker, Brown has traveled extensively throughout the world, from China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Algeria to France, Italy, Russia, Argentina, Uruguay, and elsewhere.
Brown, who studied classical piano for years, has recorded two albums of original songs, one for Motown records, Until We’re Free, and her 1969 album, Seize the Time, which includes “The Black Panther Party National Anthem” (The Meeting), re-released as a CD in January 2007 by Warner Bros. Brown grew up in the ghettos of North Philadelphia, and is the mother of one adult daughter, Ericka Abram.
Brown has attended Temple University, UCLA, Mills College and Southwestern University School of Law. Brown’s papers have been acquired by Emory University.
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A Conversation With Elaine Brown
Reflections on the Black Panther Party at 50 and ongoing struggles for racial justice, and honors black women’s leadership in the black power movement
Elaine Brown at Berkeley City College
Reflections on the Black Panther Party at 50
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