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Activist Elaine Brown to Speak at Family Heritage House

(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 22, 2008) - Former Black Panther Party leader and activist Elaine Brown will speak about "New Age Racism" at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Family Heritage House Museum at Manatee Community College (MCC) Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Brown's appearance is sponsored by MCC's African-American Student Union in honor of Black History Month and is free and open to the public.

Also a singer, songwriter and author, Brown is known for her unflinching commitment to effecting progressive change in the United States. She established several nonprofit organizations for social change, including Field of Flowers in support of education for poor children and Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice. She is an advocate of radical reform of the criminal justice system.

Brown wrote about her experience as the first and only woman chair of the Black Panther Party in a 1992 memoir, "A Taste of Power." Other books include fiction, nonfiction, biography and children's stories. Her albums of original songs include "Seize the Time!" and "Elaine Brown." The first album, released in 1969, was re-released in January 2007 by Warner Brothers.

A lecturer at colleges and universities throughout the country, Brown envisions the elimination of racism, gender oppression and class disparity.  

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