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Fannie Lee Brown

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Cornbread Dressing
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
For Those of You Who Don’t Believe It Can Be Done, Get Out of the Way to Allow Those of Us Who Do Believe It Can Be Done to Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
6/29/1954
Birth Location:
Macon County, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Cornbread Dressing
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
For Those of You Who Don’t Believe It Can Be Done, Get Out of the Way to Allow Those of Us Who Do Believe It Can Be Done to Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
6/29/1954
Birth Location:
Macon County
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Biography

Civic leader and non-profit executive Fannie L. Brown, Ph.D., was born on June 29, 1954, in Montezuma, Georgia, and raised in Akron, Ohio. After graduating from Akron Public Schools, Brown earned her B.A. degree in business management from Malone College in 1990; her M.S. degree in technical education from the University of Akron in 1991; and her Ph.D. in secondary education from the University of Akron in 1995.

Brown assumed the role of executive director of The Coming Together Project USA in 1997. The Coming Together Project was created following a 1993 year-long series in the Akron Beacon Journal entitled A Question of Color, which analyzed the difficult state of race relations and the disparity of opportunity between blacks and whites in Akron. At the end of the series, the newspaper called on the community to work together to address the challenges addressed in the articles. After operating for its first year under the auspices of the newspaper, the Coming Together Project attained its own autonomous standing as a nonprofit organization.

In addition to her work with the Coming Together Project, Brown is a member of Books for Africa and University of Akron College of Business Diversity boards. Brown received numerous awards and honors, including the 2000 Gimbel Child and Family Award, and an appointment to the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission by Governor Bob Taft.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Fannie Lee Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fannie Lee Brown lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fannie Lee Brown describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about growing up with her maternal grandparents in Macon County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fannie Lee Brown remembers her upbringing and the role of the church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fannie Lee Brown describes Baren Lane A.M.E. Church and Piney Grove Baptist Church in Macon County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Fannie Lee Brown describes her grandfather's work as a farmer in Macon County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Fannie Lee Brown recalls working on farms as a child in Macon County, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Fannie Lee Brown recalls the schools she attended in Macon County, Georgia, and moving to Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fannie Lee Brown recalls moving to Akron, Ohio, and her father's work there
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fannie Lee Brown describes her mother's work at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fannie Lee Brown recalls her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fannie Lee Brown reflects upon her years at Central High School in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fannie Lee Brown recalls her teachers at Central High School in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about working as a draftsperson while attending the University of Akron, Hiram College, and Malone College in Canton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fannie Lee Brown describes her technical drawing work at the Babcock and Wilcox Company in Barberton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio while working as a draftsperson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about receiving her Ph.D. degree from the University of Akron and getting a job in the Akron, Ohio public school system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fannie Lee Brown recounts teaching college courses in Akron, Ohio and managing an Akron Public Schools education program for homeless children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fannie Lee Brown describes the Coming Together Project of Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about the future of racial diversity in education and Akron's Coming Together Project
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fannie Lee Brown describes the Coming Together Project's success
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about the role of Bridgestone-Firestone Company and Akron, Ohio community members in Akron's Coming Together Project
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fannie Lee Brown reflects upon her professional legacy and her husband and children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fannie Lee Brown talks about the role of religion and spirituality in her life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Fannie Lee Brown describes her involvement with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the NAACP, and other organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fannie Lee Brown reflects upon her professional legacy as an educator and a nonprofit manager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fannie Lee Brown comments on President Bill Clinton's hosting his first town-hall meeting on race in Akron in 1997
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fannie Lee Brown describes President Bill Clinton's 1997 town-hall meeting in Akron, Ohio and her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fannie Lee Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fannie Lee Brown narrates her photographs, pt. 2