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Jim Brown

Hall of Fame running back for the NFL Cleveland Browns

Jim Brown is known worldwide for his Hall of Fame football exploits and later gained notoriety as an actor. He became the first African American actor portrayed in a leading role in action films, starring in such notable films such as “Three the Hard Way,” “100 Rifles,” “Slaughter,” and “The Dirty Dozen.”

He has also boldly stood up for civil rights, fighting for equality and against injustice with courage and integrity. Brown rallied the premiere athletes of the 1960s to support Muhammad Ali’s right to conscientiously object to serve in the Vietnam War, and he marshaled those same forces to confirm Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s right not to participate in the 1968 Olympics.

At the height of his football playing days, Brown started the Negro Industrial Economic Union.  Under Brown’s leadership, more than 400 businesses and thousands of jobs were created through the Union. In 1988, Brown, seeing the plight of the streets of Los Angeles due to escalating violence among young people of color, founded the Amer-I-Can Life Management Skills program. The Amer-I-Can’s 15-chapter, 60-hour curriculum has been taught in 16 states, the Caribbean, and several African countries.

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