Elaine Brown

Elaine Brown

Council Member

Elaine Brown is a former leader of the Black Panther Party—Minister of Information and Chairman. She is the author of A Taste of Power and The Condemnation of Little B. In March 2017, the film rights to A Taste of Power were optioned for a major motion picture.

Elaine is presently co-authoring For Reasons of Race and Belief, The Trials of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown) with Karima Al-Amin and completing the nonfiction book Melba and Al, A Story of Black Love in Jim Crow America.

Elaine is the Executive Director of the Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee, supporting the legal appeal of Lewis (“Little B”), who was arrested in 1997 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 13 for a murder he did not commit, and was convicted and sentenced as an adult to life in prison, where he remains.

Elaine is CEO of the non-profit organization Oakland & the World Enterprises, Inc., dedicated to launching and sustaining for-profit businesses for cooperative-ownership by formerly incarcerated people and other people facing monumental social barriers to economic survival.

Elaine lived in France for seven years before returning to the U.S. in 1996 and has traveled extensively elsewhere in the world. She studied classical piano for many years and has recorded two albums of original songs: one for Motown records, Until We’re Free, and her 1969 album, Seize the Time, now on iTunes.

Elaine grew up in the ghettos of North Philadelphia, is a “Distinguished Graduate” of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, and attended Temple University, UCLA, Mills College and Southwestern University School of Law. She has lectured at colleges and universities throughout world and her papers have been acquired by Emory University. She is the mother of one adult daughter, Ericka Abram, and currently resides in Oakland, California.

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