Debs Award Recipient: Clayola Brown.
Currently Clayola Brown serves in dual roles. She serves as President of the
National A. Philip Randolph Institute, located in Washington, D. C., the first
and only female to serve in that capacity.
And, she continues to serve as International Vice President and Civil Rights Director for her union Workers United.
Although Sister Brown has worked for her International Union since 1970, her involvement with the labor movement actually began many years earlier.
She started as a sewing machine operator at the Manhattan Shirt factory in Charleston, South Carolina, where she and her mother were activists in that organizing campaign. Sister Brown moved up through the ranks of the union, working as a trainer organizer on the J.P. Stevens campaign in the South. She became Education Director for the newly merged Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union; was appointed Civil Rights Director and elected as Manager for the laundry division affiliate where she served for more than 13 years.
She was elected International Vice President in 1991, and has been re- elected every election since that time.
In 1995, she was elected as part of John Sweeney’s team to the AFL-CIO Executive Council as a Vice President, and served for 10 years.
Sister Brown’s tremendous commitment to her community and her fellow man is apparent through the many boards and organizations she currently serves on, including serving as a National Board of Director for the Amalgamated Bank. She serves on the National Board of the NAACP (including chairing both the NAACP Image Awards Committee and the Labor Ad-Hoc Committee).
She is a 10 year member of the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the United Nations Advisory Council.
She was appointed a Commissioner for the National Commission on Employment Policy by President Bill Clinton, and appointed a member of the New York State Workforce Investment Board by Governor George Pataki.
The list of boards that Sister Brown serves on continues which are too numerous to read.
Sister Brown has been the recipient of many awards and honors, also too numerous to read.
Clayola is a graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. She has done her post-graduate work at American University in Washington, D. C., Queens College and York University in New York City and is a lecturer at Cornell University in New York.
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