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Elaine Brown (1943-)

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Elaine Brown participates in a press conference held by Huey P. Newton, October 1971.

The first woman to run what had been a male-dominated Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown moved to Los Angeles from her native Philadelphia in 1965 and became involved with radical politics, joining the Black Panthers in 1967 and becoming Deputy Minister of Information in the Los Angeles branch. Brown was impressed by the Panthers' presentation of powerful, responsible black men, and she also welcomed the opportunity to be a soldier in an army of "socialist revolution." In 1974 she took over the reins of the organization from Bobby Seale; Brown left the United States three years later and lived in France for 20 years, eventually returning to America in 1996.

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