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Mar. 4, 2002
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Former Black Panther Leader Speaks On Women and Prisons at
California State University, Dominguez Hills

Author will sign book, "A Taste of Power"

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) announces a special lecture by renowned author and former head of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown, will be speaking on "Women and Prisons" on Monday, March 4, 2002, at 7 p.m.

Celebrated author and activist Brown became head of the Black Panther Party following the self-imposed exile of then-leader Huey P. Newton. The appointment of a woman to lead one of the more radical and socially activist groups in the country was truly a dramatic move for the Black Panther Party. Prior to her appointment, the party had a history of leadership by men. However, during her leadership, the party became increasingly more popular among young African American college students.

Brown was widely recognized for her active membership in community organizations. She orchestrated numerous neighborhood breakfast programs for children and gave assistance to the needy within her community. Known as a politically savvy woman, Brown also distinguished herself as an accomplished musician. She wrote and recorded several songs about love and freedom.

In 1992, Brown released her autobiography, "A Taste Of Power," which chronicled her life before and during her involvement with the Black Panther Party. Elaine Brown has made an indelible impression within the African American community. Brown will be available to sign copies of her autobiography following the lecture.

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