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The Honorable Frank Brown

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member
City Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1953
Birth Location:
Omaha, Nebraska

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
City Council Member
City Government Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Get It Done.

Birthplace

Born:
8/18/1953
Birth Location:
Omaha
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Biography

Omaha, Nebraska’s, District Two City Councilman, Frank Dee Brown was born on August 18, 1953, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Lyda Montgomery and Warren Hugh Brown. Brown grew up around his father’s lounge on North Omaha’s 24th Street. His family lineage includes black fur trappers, Scotch Irish and Mexican. His uncle, nicknamed “Little Frank” Dee Brown, was a successful businessman and actor. He appeared in the movie, Bedlam with Boris Karloff and in the Wizard of Oz. Brown’s uncle was the first husband of actress/activist Ruby Dee and a friend of Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. Brown, who enjoyed CYO basketball, attended St. Benedict’s Elementary School and graduated from Holy Name High School in 1971. He attended Virginia Union University from 1971 to 1972 and graduated from the University of Omaha in 1975 with a B.A. degree in communications.

Brown’s career began as a researcher for Omaha’s KAFB-AM Radio’s Walt Kavanaugh Show, the top rated radio show in the Midwest in 1975. Next, he was an investigative reporter for KMTV-TV and KETV-TV. As a journalist, Brown investigated the Iowa School for the Deaf, a hotel collapse, the John Joubert murder case and the United Airlines’ crash in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989. In 1995, Brown became director of the Jimmy Wilson, Jr. Foundation which was named for a fallen police officer. Brown gained a reputation in the community which led to his candidacy as an Omaha city councilman in 1997, when the seated black councilwoman from the second district, Brenda Council, unsuccessfully ran for mayor.

Brown is an advocate for jobs, gun control and better housing. He was an avid supporter of a new sports stadium, library renovation and a new jazz complex on 24th Street. Always a defender of and advocate for the impoverished African North Omaha community, Brown is also the Executive Director of Housing In Omaha, Inc., a nonprofit in Omaha, Nebraska.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - The Honorable Frank Brown lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers segregation in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers his uncle, Frank Dee Brown, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers his uncle, Frank Dee Brown, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Frank Brown talks about his paternal uncle's photography collection
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his paternal uncle's political views
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Frank Brown reflects upon his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers his involvement in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers his high school prom
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls the academic tracking at Holy Name High School in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers his exclusion from extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his decision to attend Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his arrival at Virginia Union University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Frank Brown talks about the gang violence in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers his studies at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his experiences at the University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Frank Brown remembers joining KFAB Radio in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his early investigative reporting
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his coverage of the abuse at schools for the deaf
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his investigative reporting for KETV-TV and KMTV-TV
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Frank Brown talks about covering tragic news stories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his campaign for the Omaha City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Frank Brown talks about the North Omaha Freeway
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Frank Brown talks about the political districts in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes District 2 of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Frank Brown talks about the employment opportunities in District 2 of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his early experiences on the Omaha City Council
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his accomplishments as an Omaha City Council member
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Frank Brown recalls his work for the Omaha Housing Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his work with Housing In Omaha, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his advice to aspiring legislators
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes his hopes for the black community of Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Frank Brown reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Frank Brown talks about the social problems in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Frank Brown reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Frank Brown reflects upon his service to District 2 in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Frank Brown describes how he would like to be remembered