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Gregory K. Brown, activist, advocate for minority community Dec. 2, 1948 -- April 3, 2007

A service for Gregory K. Brown, a longtime community activist in Buffalo, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Antioch Baptist Church, 1327 Fillmore Ave.

Mr. Brown died Tuesday in the Manor Nursing Home, Las Vegas, after a long illness. He was 58.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Brown was a 1966 graduate of Lafayette High School. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, and graduated from the University at Buffalo in 1971.

Mr. Brown worked for several years as housing director for the neighborhood preservation program at 78 Restoration Corp. before leaving because of illness in May 2006. Prior to that job, Mr. Brown worked as director of the Family Crisis Intervention Program at the Langston Hughes Center for more than 10 years.

A longtime activist in Buffalo, he frequently spoke out at public meetings and served as an advocate on many issues, from schools and the environment to the needs of the minority community.

While at 78 Restoration Corp., he initiated a community-sponsored training program for asbestos removal and lead abatement. He also served as vice president of the Toxic Waste Lupus Coalition.

Mr. Brown was a member of the Stop the Violence Coalition and Western New York Peace Center, for which he developed the "African in Americas" program, which examines issues related to African Americans and the peace movement.

He was a frequent contributor to the Challenger and Criterion community newspapers.

Mr. Brown is survived by one son, Meneleke; a daughter, Europa; his mother, Sylvia Consuelo Simmons; and a brother, Cecil.


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