A champion for diversity, unafraid to tackle the most difficult issues of communities by finding common ground.
Michelle E. Brown
Michelle E. Brown is fearless. A champion for diversity at every level, she isn’t afraid to tackle the most difficult issues our communities face--her power lies in her ability to find common ground.
As a community organizer, an authentic speaker, and a dynamic leader, Michelle is a true voice for Civil Rights and African American gays and lesbians. She has the presence and skills to motivate people into action by advocating for fundamental change on the most basic levels. Ms. Brown talks about a common language. “By shedding light on our ability to appreciate and respect each other,” she says, “we can move forward as a community.”
Born and raised in Detroit, she has used her strength as a communicator to confront the problems of affordable housing, community development, gentrification, homelessness, drug addiction, and bringing HIV/AIDS housing in Detroit. She has worked with several youth programs and initiated reading and writing workshops for children and adults.
Michelle Brown is a guest columnist whose commentaries appear in print and on-line media. She is also a blogger, novelist, a children's author, and a poet.
She currently serves as Board Vice-Chair of the National Black Justice Coalition, on the Board of Directors of Michigan’s Inclusive Justice Coalition on the Board of Directors of Equality Michigan and in an advisory capacity to several civil and LGBT rights organizations in Michigan and nationally including the Human Rights Campaign.
With countless awards, accolades, commemorations, and guest appearances, Michelle E. Brown is constantly asking the question (to everyone from neighbors to diplomats), “What kind of world are we leading our children into?”
She empowers everyone she speaks to, to be responsible for the answer.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONEsteem Award Outstanding Service Female – National, 2012
Inductee Who’s Who in Black Detroit, 2011
OUT Magazine Hidden 100 LGBT POC Leaders, 2011
Profiled in Curve Magazine, 2010
Media Award – Michigan Annual Pride Banquet, 2007
Award of Merit National Poetry Society, 2007
Triangle Foundation Catalyst Award, 2005
Spirit of Detroit Award, 2005
Diversity Outreach Award – Human Rights Campaign, 2004-2006
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