Marta Brown with her sister Gloria Macias Harrison.

S. E. Williams

On Friday, December 17th at the age of 77 years, long time civil rights activist, champion of women’s and Chicano equality and wife of the late Congressman George Brown, passed away.

A longtime resident of the Inland Empire, Marta Brown was recognized across the inland region for her longtime commitment to public service. Whether advocating for civil rights, women’s rights, or Chicano equality, her service to causes she valued was enduring.

Commenting on his long relationship with Marta Brown and reflecting on her loss, Black Voice News Publisher Emeritus Hardy Brown, Sr., wrote, “I have known Marta for 56 years. She encouraged [her husband] Congressman George Brown to hire me as a part-time staffer when I retired from Kaiser.

Hardy Brown went on to comment about the joy of having had her in his life and the impact she made on the community.

The San Ban Bernardino Valley College Foundation commenting on the loss of Marta Brown noted how she will be “best remembered for her advocacy work in politics and for co-founding the ‘El Chicano’ newspaper” with her sister Gloria Macias Harrison.

She will also be remembered for her role in helping found the first United Mexican American Student chapter, a precursor to the Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán, or MEChA. MeChA, an organization that advocates for Chicano empowerment and unity. 

In 2010, she was instrumental in the founding of the George Brown Legacy Project (GBLP) to ensure the preservation of her late husband’s records and in recognition of his problem-solving efforts through community and public service.

Marta and her husband George, will be memorialized next March with the launch of GBLP research grants.  The grants will promote use of the GBLP archives for civic problem-solving and advancing equality, access to education, and protection of the environment.Marta and George Brown will be featured on Sunday, January 16, 2022 beginning at 2 pm via Zoom as part of  7 Lives Who Led The Way.

S.E. Williams

Stephanie E. Williams is an award winning investigative reporter, editor and activist who has contributed to several Inland Empire publications. Williams spent more than thirty years as a middle-manager in the telecommunications industry before retiring to pursue her passion as a reporter and non-fiction writer. Beyond writing, Williams’ personal interests include stone-carving, drumming and sculpting.