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Elaine Brown, former leader of the Black Panther Party and the CEO of Oakland & the World Enterprises, Inc. is honored on the Assembly Floor by Assemblymember Bonta

Mia Bonta

Mar 30, 2023

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Mia Bonta (D-Oakland) honored Elaine Brown for making HERstory as part of the Women’s Caucus annual celebration of Women’s History Month.

“Elaine Brown is a social justice advocate, story teller, trailblazer, accomplished musician and a strong advocate for communities of color especially when it comes to breaking barriers to employment,” said Assemblymember Bonta. “Elaine is high energy, compassionate and steadfast in her beliefs. Not to mention, has had an amazing career. She was the only woman to ever lead the Black Panther Party, she has spent 25 years advocating for the release of an innocent Black man, who at the age of 13, was convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and is currently constructing a 79-unit all-affordable apartment complex in Oakland.”

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.  

Elaine joined the Black Panther Party in 1968...

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