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Sun, 04.19.1914

Cora M. Brown, motor city politician

Cora M. Brown

On this date Cora Brown was born in 1914. She was an African American politician and social worker and the first Black woman in the United States to be elected to the state senate (Michigan 1952).

Cora Mae Brown was from Bessemer, Alabama. She was eight years old when her family moved to Detroit. After graduating from Cass Technical High School and Fisk University in Tennessee, she took a job with the Detroit Police Department. At the same time, she attended the Wayne State University Law School. She graduated in 1948 and was admitted to the Michigan Bar that same year

Brown’s political life showed her as being defeated in the Democratic primary, 1950, 1951; a member of Michigan state senate, 1953-56 (2nd District 1953-54, 3rd District 1955-56); and candidate in Democratic primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 1st District, 1956.

After supporting Eisenhower in the 1956 election, she was appointed special associate general counsel of the U.S. Post office in 1957. Cora Brown died December 17, 1972.

Reference Library of Black America Volumes 1 through 5
Edited by Mpho Mabunda
Copyright 1998, Gale Research, Detroit, MI

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