Cora Mae Brown

Title

Cora Mae Brown

Subject

Michigan politician

Description

Michigan's first female African-American state senator

Creator

Amy French

Source

Image source: www.blackpast.org

Birth Date

1914

Birthplace

Bessemer, Alabama, USA

Death Date

1972

Occupation

Social worker, police officer, attorney, and politician

Biographical Text

Brown was born in Bessemer, Alabama and her family moved to Detroit when she was eight years old. She later returned south to obtain a degree in Sociology from Fisk University. Upon returning to Michigan, she became a social worker and then a police officer. She graduated from Wayne State University with a law degree in 1948. She unsuccessfully ran for public office in 1950 and 1951, but in 1952 was successful and became Michigan's first female African-American state senator. She served two terms (1953-1956). While in office, she fought against racism and sexism. She continued to address women's issues as general counsel for the U.S. Post Office when she dealt with the problem of using the mail to distribute pornography. She worked as an attorney for the federal government for the rest of her career.

Bibliography

Cora M. Brown Papers, Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library.

Victoria W. Wolcott, Remaking Respectability: African-American Women in Interwar Detroit (University of North Carolina Press, 2001).

Files

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Date Added
June 8, 2014
Collection
Local (Michigan)
Item Type
Person
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Citation
Amy French, “Cora Mae Brown,” Women Who Dared, accessed December 14, 2018, https://womenwhodared.omeka.net/items/show/16.