We’re a week away from Decision Day, and in one of the most hotly contested gubernatorial races in the nation, the North Carolina incumbent, Governor Pat McCrory, just scored another weighty endorsement.
Dr. Robert J. Brown, an adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and CEO/founder of one of the oldest minority-owned consulting firms in the country, B&C International, has publicly stated his support of Governor McCrory.
Dr. Brown has an amazing history.
Brown, a trusted advisor to the most influential individuals, corporations and movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, was born on February 26, 1935 in High Point, North Carolina. He entered the field of law enforcement in 1956, serving first as a police officer for the City of High Point and then as a highly regarded federal agent with the U.S. Department of the Treasury focusing on federal narcotics cases. In 1960, Brown left the Bureau to return to High Point NC and open B&C Associates a public relations company.
As a pioneer in crisis management, multi-cultural communication and race relations, Brown advised, traveled with, and raised money for the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; was a member of the corporate plans board of Carl Byoir & Associates (the largest public relations firm in the world at the time), and was a close friend and confidant to the Mandela family. Early in his PR career Brown was contracted by F.W. Woolworth Corporation, A&P Supermarkets, Wrangler, Sara Lee, SC Johnson and Kimberly-Clark, to handle corporate communications and race relations during pivotal moments of the civil rights movement.
In the political arena, Brown worked as the Director of Information and Research for the young democrats of New York City in the presidential campaign of Senator John F Kennedy. In 1964, Brown assisted in the election of Robert F. Kennedy into the United States Senate and also assisted in his presidential bid. In 1968, he took a leave of absence from B&C Associates to serve as Special Assistant to President Richard Nixon after helping him win 21% of the African-American vote during his campaign (a level unmatched by the Republican Party to date). While in that position, his responsibilities included community relations, civil rights, emergency preparedness, small towns, and day care. Brown has since been applauded for using his ability to marry great strategies with an ability to develop relationships, and has been credited with starting and developing the U. S. Minority Enterprise Program and initiating the U. S. Government Black College Program through Executive Order by President Richard Nixon.
So basically, he’s no slacker.
And he’s backing Governor Pat McCrory for North Carolina governor.
Dr. Brown joins a long list of economists, major law enforcement organizations, small business organizations, and newspapers that have put their support behind McCrory’s reelection bid.
You can read more about Dr. Brown’s amazing story here.