LATOSHA BROWN is an award-winning community organizer, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer and political strategist with over twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation, and civil rights. She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and a fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as well as principal owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a professional facilitation and philanthropy advisory consulting business based in Atlanta, GA.
She is a founding member of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health and also served as the fund’s first Executive Director. She is the founder of Saving OurSelves Coalition, a community-led disaster relief organization that helped hundreds of families in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the Southern Black Women Organizing Project that works to strengthen the network of Black women grassroots leaders in the South. She also currently serves as a board member for the National Coalition on Black Civic Engagement and the Southern Documentary Fund and is an active member of several national and international organizations. Currently, she is working with the Guyanese Black Women’s Roundtable on a project that will provide training and increase funding and investment opportunities for women-led institutions based in Guyana, South America.
Her lecture, “The Death of Democracy: Voter Suppression in the 21st Century,” looks at the resurgence of voter suppression tactics and politics. Ms. Brown believes that this is perhaps the biggest existential threat to American democracy in modern times. She will also be taking about how we, as voters and citizens, can solve the voter suppression issue in ways that not only protect the right to vote but ultimately strengthens our democracy.
Please join WUD DLS for An Evening with LaTosha Brown - The Death of Democracy: Voter Suppression in the 21st Century on Tuesday, September 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. This event will be available through YouTube Live and Facebook Live. The 45 minute conversation/lecture is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests. The event will end with a 40-minute Q&A.