Former Black Panther Chair Elaine Brown Will Run
for Mayor of Brunswick, GA, as a Green.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Elaine Brown, the only woman to
lead the Black Panther Party, has declared her intention to run for
Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, as a member of the Green Party.
Ms. Brown will formally announce her candidacy in
the nonpartisan race on May 19 -- Malcolm X's birthday -- in Brunswick.
Ms. Brown ran twice for public office as a member of the Black Panther
Party; a brief bio of Ms. Brown is appended below.
"I'm trying to win this seat to create a base
of economic power for Brunswick's majority black and poor population
through redistribution of the massive revenues of the city's powerful
port," said Elaine Brown. "I intend to be the first black
mayor and the first woman mayor in a city now controlled by a white,
wealthy consortium whose current mayor is a lieutenant colonel in the
Sons of Confederate Veterans.
"At the top of my agenda is economic and
political power for the black residents of Brunswick, and forestalling a
development plan that would displace Brunswick's black population,"
added Ms. Brown, who is profiled in the current issue (May 2005: 35th
anniversary issue) of Essence magazine.
Elaine Brown gave a speech Saturday evening, April
23, to a full house at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on
"From Revolution to the Ballot Box: A Discussion of Strategy for
Radical Change." The event was sponsored by the Green Institute, an
independent tax-exempt organization.
ELAINE BROWN: A Brief Biography
Elaine Brown is a former leading member of the
Black Panther Party and author of A Taste of Power and The
Condemnation of Little B.
A Taste of Power, Brown's memoir, is slated for
film production by Suzanne de Passe, Emmy-award winning president of
de Passe Entertainment.
In 1996, after living six years in France, Brown
moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she established the nonprofit
education corporation Fields of Flowers to build a comprehensive
model education center for black and other poor children.
Brown is Executive Director of the Michael Lewis
Legal Defense Committee, organized to support 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
Brown is a co-founder and Board member of the
National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform, an organization
primarily composed of former prisoners and family members and
friends of prisoners, the goals of which are to repeal the harsh
criminal laws of the U.S., advocate for human rights for prisoners,
and provide re-entry programs for former prisoners.
In addition, Brown is a member of the Geechee
Council of Georgia; the Brunswick NAACP; Vice President of The Dr.
Huey P. Newton Foundation; and a partner in Seize the Time, Inc.
Brown 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.
Brown, a fluent French speaker, has traveled
extensively throughout the world, both on behalf of the Black
Panther Party and independently, from China, North Korea, Vietnam,
Cuba, Algeria to France, Italy, Russia, Argentina, Uruguay, and
Brown, who studied classical piano for years and
recorded two albums of her original songs, one for Motown records,
has attended Temple University, UCLA, Mills College, and
Southwestern University School of Law.
The mother of one adult daughter, Brown grew up
in the ghettos of North Philadelphia. Brown's papers have been
acquired by Emory University.
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