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The Honorable Lee P. Brown

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Stay In School And Get A Good Education.

Birthplace

Born:
10/4/1937
Birth Location:
Wewoka, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Stay In School And Get A Good Education.

Birthplace

Born:
10/4/1937
Birth Location:
Wewoka
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Biography

The first African American Mayor of Houston, Texas, Lee Patrick Brown was born on October 4, 1937, in Wewoka, Oklahoma. His parents, Andrew and Zelma Brown were small farmers. A high school athlete, Brown started his professional life as a police officer in San Jose, California in 1960. That same year, he graduated from Fresno State University with his B.S. degree in criminology. In 1964, Brown earned a master’s degree in sociology from San Jose State University where he became assistant professor in 1968. At the University of California, Berkeley, he earned his master’s degree in criminology in 1968 and his PhD in 1970.

Brown became chairman and professor of the Department of Administration of Justice at Portland State University in 1968. In 1972, he was appointed associate director, Institute of Urban Affairs and Research and professor of Public Administration and director of Criminal Justice programs at Howard University. In 1974, Brown was named Sheriff of Multnomah County, Oregon, and in 1976, director of the Department of Justice Services. As public safety commissioner of Atlanta, Georgia, from 1978 to 1982, Brown and his staff cracked the Atlanta Child Murders case.

As Houston, Texas’ chief of police, from 1982 to 1990, Brown developed Neighborhood Oriented Policing, a program employing community policing techniques. From 1990 to 1992, he was police commissioner of New York City. President Clinton appointed Brown director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy or “Drug Czar”, a cabinet level position from 1993 to 1996. After spending some time teaching at Texas Southern University and Rice University, Brown was elected mayor of Houston, Texas, in 1998. As mayor, he was able to build the Metro light rail system, attract a new NFL team, and expand his philosophy of neighborhood oriented government.

A founder of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Brown has organized around the needs of African American police executives. Today, Brown is chairman and CEO of Brown Group International, which uses the extensive expertise of its founder to develop solutions to complex problems in public safety, homeland security, crisis management, government relations, international trade, and other concerns.

The father of four grown children with his late wife, Yvonne, Brown now lives with his wife Frances in Houston.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of the Honorable Lee P. Brown's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of the Honorable Lee P. Brown's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown talks about his mother's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his mother's family's experiences in Wewoka, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers migrating from Oklahoma to California during the 1930s Dust Bowl
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown talks about his father's side of the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers traveling from Oklahoma to California during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Fowler, California
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers attending Fowler High School in Fowler, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown lists his siblings and the schools he attended in Fowler, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his activities in Fowler, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown recalls his role models and literary influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his jobs and his teachers in Fowler, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers Japanese Americans being released from internment camps
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his time at Fresno State College in Fresno, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes Fred Boyd's Hi Life Restaurant and meeting his future wife in Fresno, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his experiences at Fresno State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers becoming a police officer and his continued education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his experience as an officer for the San Jose Police Department in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers his treatment as the second African American police officer hired in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers his tenure as sergeant for the San Jose Police Department in San Jose, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown recalls his fellowship from the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his Ph.D. in criminology from University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown reflects upon the African American presence in police departments and the criminal justice system
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes the creation of a Police Community Relations Unit at San Jose Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes the impact of San Jose's Police Community Relations Unit
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown shares his lesson from his Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown distinguishes between community policing and professional policing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes the origins of neighborhood-oriented policing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes the effects of preventive patrol and rapid response
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes community policing, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes community policing, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his co-founding of programs at Portland State College and at Howard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his accomplishments as sheriff of Multnomah County in Oregon
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown recalls his role as public safety commissioner for the City of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers the Missing and Murdered Children cases in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown details the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown details the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers result of the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers being hired as police chief of the Houston Police Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers his reception as Houston's police chief
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes the conditions of the Houston Police Department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes changes he implemented as chief of the Houston Police Department in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his firing of abusive police officers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes implementing programs at the Houston Police Department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his affiliation with law enforcement organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers his community policing strategy for New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes community policing in New York City and South Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown recalls HistoryMaker David N. Dinkins' mayoral tenure
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his program initiatives at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his decision to run for mayor of Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown recalls being appointed as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his role as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown considers drug policy in the United States and abroad
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown remembers his involvement in the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - The Honorable Lee. P. Brown remembers Vernon Jordan's role in his notice to the Clinton Administration about his Houston mayoral run
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his projects as mayor of Houston, Texas, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his initiatives as mayor of Houston, Texas, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his mayoral accomplishments in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - The Honorable Lee. P. Brown describes his consulting company, Brown Group International in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - The Honorable Lee. P. Brown reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - The Honorable Lee. P. Brown talks about his mother and his father
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - The Honorable Lee. P. Brown shares his perspective on drug legalization, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - The Honorable Lee. P. Brown reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - The Honorable Lee. P. Brown shares his perspective on drug legalization, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - The Honorable Lee P. Brown describes how he would like to be remembered