Sunday, February 10, 2013

February 10: Ronald Brown

On this date in History ... 1989:

Ronald Brown is elected head of the Democratic National Committee.  
Brown, a former Supreme Court lawyer, was the first African-American to hold the top position in a major political party in the U.S.  He was also the first African-American Secretary of Commerce, appointed by Bill Clinton, who Brown helped to elect as head of the DNC. In college, Brown was the first African-American member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  
Brown died on April 3, 1996 when the plane he and 32 other Americans were on crashed into a mountain in Croatia.

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