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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Rice (Vegetable Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sag Harbor, New York
Favorite Quote:
Oh my God!

Birthplace

Born:
2/14/1940
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Bank Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Rice (Vegetable Fried)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sag Harbor, New York
Favorite Quote:
Oh my God!

Birthplace

Born:
2/14/1940
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Widow of the late Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, Alma Arrington Brown was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 14, 1940. After high school, she attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her B.A., and then later attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, where she earned her master's degree.

Brown and her husband Ron were married after he completed his Army basic training in 1962. In 1963 he was called up to active duty, sent first to Germany and later to South Korea. After he completed his service in 1967, the Browns returned to New York, and in 1973 relocated to Washington, D.C., where Ron headed the offices of the National Urban League. In 1975, Alma began working for the National Black Child Development Institute as a program specialist, and from there she became the program director of the National Council of Negro Women. Brown moved into the public sector in 1984, serving as executive assistant to the acting director of the Office of International Business in Washington, D.C., a post she later assumed.

Brown became involved in broadcasting in 1989 when she took over as director of public affairs and public relations for WKYS-FM. She remained there for six years before joining Chevy Chase Bank as a vice president. Later, when Chevy Chase Bank and Black Entertainment Television joined to form BET Financial Services, she became vice chairperson of the venture. After the bank severed the relationship in 1999, Brown stayed on with Chevy Chase, where she presently serves as senior vice president.

With the death of her husband in a plane crash in 1996, Brown remained strong, and together with her children established the Ronald H. Brown Foundation, which established a policy center for domestic and international commercial growth, as well as the Ron Brown Scholars Program. She was also named to serve as an honorary co-chairperson of President Bill Clinton's reelection campaign in 1996. She remains active with the National Urban League, the United Negro College Fund and the Girl Scouts of America. The Ford Foundation, the National Council of Negro Women and the National Association of Broadcasters have all honored her for her work. Brown has also been active in keeping the memory of her husband alive, participating in the christening of the U.S.S. Research Vessel Ron Brown and presenting awards in his honor.

Brown has two children, Tracy and Michael, and two grandchildren. She lives in Maryland.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alma Brown's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alma Brown discusses her family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alma Brown describes her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alma Brown remembers her childhood home, Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alma Brown discusses school life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alma Brown describes her multicultural youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alma Brown remembers high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alma Brown reflects on her high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alma Brown lists famous Fisk University students
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alma Brown describes her limited participation in Civil Rights Movement sit-ins
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alma Brown discusses social networks at Fisk University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alma Brown pursues a historically black university
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alma and Ron Brown pursue a long-distance courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alma Brown delivers her first child, Michael, in a German hospital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alma and Ron Brown enjoy their time in Germany
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alma Brown discusses international media coverage of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alma Brown notices that America changes in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alma and Ron Brown build a home in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alma and Ron Brown begin new lives in the nation's capital
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alma Brown embarks on a career in Washington, DC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alma Brown changes to a career in communications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alma Brown's husband, Ron Brown, becomes involved in party politics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alma Brown's husband, Ron Brown, runs for Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alma Brown's husband, Ron Brown, wins favor in the Democratic National Committee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alma Brown takes part in Ron Brown's political ascent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alma Brown describes husband Ron Brown's supporters and opponents
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alma Brown's husband, Ron Brown, is appointed as President Clinton's Secretary of Commerce
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alma Brown encounters few spousal privileges following Ron Brown's appointment to President Clinton's Cabinet
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alma Brown's, husband, Ron Brown dies in a plane crash
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alma Brown discusses conspiracy theories around Ron Brown's death
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alma Brown discusses her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alma Brown imagines black self-sufficiency
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alma Brown describes Ron Brown's legacy as well as her own