Throughout the last four decades Elaine Brown has committed her life to effecting progressive change in the United States. She is the only woman to have served as Chairman of the Black Panther Party, and is the author of the bestselling A Taste of Power which was recently optioned by HBO, and The Condemnation of Little B, New Age Racism in America. In addition to Black Panther Party leadership, which included editing the Party’s iconic newspaper, running for public office in Oakland (1973 and 1975), and leading the Party (1974-1977) as its Chairman, Brown’s recent work focuses on the radical reform of the criminal justice system. She is the Executive Director of the Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee, and the CEO of Oakland & the World Enterprises, the mission of which is to launch and sustain for-profit businesses for ownership by formerly incarcerated people and others facing extreme barriers to employment. The first business, an urban farm in West Oakland, California, has been launched. She is a member of the Justice 4 Mario Woods Coalition and the Kenneth Harding, Jr., Foundation. She was the executive director and founder of the nonprofit education corporation Fields of Flowers, co-founder of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform, and a member of the Steering Committee of the December 9th Georgia and International Prisoners’ Rights Movement. She has recorded two albums of original songs, one for Motown records.
This event is cosponsored by American Studies Program, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and Center for Transformative Action
This event is the kickoff event for the campus-wide yearlong series “Freedom Interrupted: Race, Gender, Nation and Policing” organized by Africana Studies & Research Center, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, American Studies Program, Asian American Studies Program, Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, Latina/o Studies Program, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program, and Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
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