Willie Brown (politician)
Willie Lewis Brown Jr. is an American politician of the Democratic Party. He was the first African American to hold the office of mayor of San Francisco. Brown served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, spending 15 years as its speaker. He is married to former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone.
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Willie Lewis Brown Jr. is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Brown served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, spending 15 years as its speaker. He later became mayor of San Francisco, and was the first African American to hold that office. Brown was born on March 20, 1934 in Mineola, Texas, a small segregated town in East Texas marked by racial tensions. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1955 and earned a J. D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1958. During the early 1960s, Brown was one of a few African-Americans practicing law in San Francisco. He practiced criminal defense, representing pimps, prostitutes and other clients that would not represent more prominent attorneys. He became involved in the Civil Rights Movement, leading a well-orchestrated sit-in protest after a real estate office refused to work with him because of his race. His role in the protests gave him the notability to run for the State Assembly by having local African American ministers pass around a hat, collecting $700,000 for the cause. Brown is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and was class president at Hastings in late 1950s and early 1950s, when he opened his own business, Brown and Savio. He is married to former San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, and has two children, two step-children and one step-great-grandchild. He has a son and a daughter, both of whom are active members of the San Francisco NAACP and the National Council of La Raza, a civil rights advocacy group.
Brown has a brother and a sister who are also active in the NAACP and San Francisco City Council, and he has a step-son who is a San Francisco Police Department officer. He also has a daughter who is an officer in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He was married to his wife, Barbara, for more than 30 years. Brown and his wife have three children, one of whom is a police officer in San Diego, California, and the other is a former San Diego City Council member. He had a son who is also a San Diego Police Officer, and a son-in-law who works for the Department of Public Safety. Brown also has two daughters who are in the National Guard and the California Air National Guard. He worked as a janitor, fry cook and field hand to pay for law school. He learned his strong work ethic at a young age from his grandmother. He left for San Francisco in August 1951 at the age of 17 to live with his uncle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1955. Brown later stated that his decision to attend law school was \”more upon the avoidance of military service than anything else. \” He quit the ROTC and joined the National Guards reserve where he was trained as a dental hygienist. He then became a doorman, janitor and shoe salesman to pay. for college. Brown’s tenure was marked by a significant increase in real estate development, public works, city beautification and other large-scale city projects.
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