Biographical Notes on Clayola Brown
President, A. Philip
International Vice President, Workers
“I believe that Labor Rights, Civil
Rights and International Human Rights are bridges which cross the broad expanse
of disparities in this country and abroad.”
Clayola Brown began
serving as President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, located in Washington,
D.C., in August 2004-- the first female to serve in that role.
Brown’s lifelong commitment to labor activism began in her hometown of
Charleston, South Carolina, where she—alongside her activist mother—campaigned
to organize the Manhattan Shirt Factory. She eventually became Education
Director for the newly merged Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union;
was appointed Civil Rights Director and served as Manager for the Laundry
Division affiliate for more than 13 years. In 1991, under UNITE! She was
elected International Vice President and continues to serve in that capacity and
as Civil Rights Director under the repositioned union Workers United.
In 1995, she was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, where she
served for 10 years as a Vice President.
Ms. Brown’s tremendous
commitment to her community and her fellow man is apparent through the many
boards and organizations on which she currently serves, including America’s
Agenda: Healthcare for All, the National Board of the NAACP (including chairing
both the NAACP Image Awards Committee and co-chairing the Labor Ad-Hoc
Committee). She is a member of the United Nations Advisory Council, the
Louis and Irene Simon Scholarship Fund, Executive Committee for the Workers
Defense League, the Board of Governors for the United Way of the Tri-State,
Board of Directors of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Women, Inc,
and the Sidney Hillman Foundation.
Ms. Brown was appointed to the
National Commission on Employment Policy by President Bill Clinton, and
appointed a member of the New York State Workforce Investment Board by Governor
A graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee,
Florida, Ms. Brown has done post-graduate work at American University in
Washington, D.C., Queens College and York University in New York City and is a
lecturer at Cornell University. She consults regularly with Trinity
College in Washington, D.C. on African American affairs.