Oral Lee Brown Foundation

In 1987, Oral Lee Brown adopted a first grade class and promised them if they stayed in school and got admitted to college she would pay for their college education. Not only did she keep her promise to the first class of students, to date, 136 students from low income families have received mentoring, tutoring, and financial support from the Oral Lee Brown Foundation for college.

Student Success Stories

More than 136 students have entered college on the Oral Lee Brown Program

Current Programs

  • Mentoring
  • Tutorial Service
  • College Visits
  • Computer Training
  • Recreational Activities
  • Monthly Meetings
  • School Visits
  • Grade and Attendance Monitoring


Oral Lee Brown Awards

  • Named Woman of the Year for the year 2000 by Senator Don Perata and Assembly member Audie Bock
  • Honored at the Black History Month Awards sponsored by Union Bank of California and KQED
  • Selected as among the” Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area”
  • Diamond of the Bay Award for Community Service by the National Basketball Wives Association
  • California Lottery Award
  • The Pioneer Achievement Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • Humanitarian Of The Year by the East Bay Agency for Children
  • John Stanford Education Heroes Award by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The Minerva Award 2010, Bank of the West Community Award(2011)
  • Inducted into Alameda County Hall of Fame (2102)
  • Featured in People, Glamour Magazine (3) times, Ebony and Essence magazines
  • Seen on ABC Later Today, NBC Nightly News, Extra, CNN, Courage, and Channels 2, 4, 5, & 7
  • National Jefferson Awards 2013


“My Real Life Angel” by Phase 1 Student, Jeffery Toney