Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Rosemary Brown came to Canada in 1951 at the age of 21 years old. She attended the University of McGill in Montreal. In 1956, Ms. Brown helped in the founding of the British Columbia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (BCAACP). In 1973, she received a United Nation’s Human Rights Fellowship. She is a founding member of the Vancouver Status of Women Council and was its first Ombudswoman.
In 1975, she became the first black woman to run for the leadership of a Canadian federal party. She was the second women to run after Mary Walker-Sawka. She was an NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1972-1986.
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– Daphne Shaed