“I believe that Labor Rights, Civil Rights and International Human Rights are bridges which cross the broad expanse of disparities in this country and abroad.”
Ms. Brown’s lifelong commitment to labor activism began in her hometown of Charlestown, South Carolina, where she—alongside her activist mother—campaigned to organize the Manhattan Shirt Factory. She eventually became Education Director for the newly merged Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; was appointed Civil Rights Director and served as Manager for the Laundry Division affiliate for more than 13 years. In 1991, under UNITE! She was elected International Vice President and continues to serve in that capacity and as Civil Rights Director under the repositioned union Workers United. She has served as a member of the General Executive Board of Workers United since its formation in March 2009.
In 1995, she was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, where she served for 10 years.
Ms. Brown’s tremendous commitment to her community and her fellow man is apparent through the many boards and organizations on which she currently serves, including Americas Agenda: Healthcare for All, the National Board of the NAACP (including chairing both the NAACP Image Awards Committee and co-chairing the Labor Ad-Hoc Committee). She is a member of the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the United Nations Advisory Council, the Louis and Irene Simon Scholarship Fund, Executive Committee for the Workers Defense League, the Board of Governors for the United Way of the Tri-State, Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Women, Inc, and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.
Ms. Brown is a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. She has done post-graduate work at American University in Washington, D.C., Queens College and York University in New York City and is a lecturer at Cornell University. She consults regularly with Trinity College in Washington, D.C. on African American affairs.