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Adrienne Maree Brown          

Author, Women's Rights Activist, Doula & Black Feminist

Adrienne Maree Brown is an author, women's rights activist, doula, and black feminist based out of Detroit, Michigan. From 2006 to 2010, she served as the executive director of the Ruckus Society.

Much of her work as a writer is based around the writings of Octavia E. Butler. Her first book, "Emergent Strategy," was published in 2017 to positive reviews. Her second book, "Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good," was published in 2019 and demonstrates how activists can tap into emotional and erotic desires to organize against oppression.

Brown attended Columbia University where she studied African American Studies, political science, and voice. She was at the university when Amadou Diallo was killed by police officers in 1999. She cites this time as being pivotal to the development of her political consciousness, especially regarding issues of policing and race.

She identifies as bisexual and has recounted experiences with homophobia and sexual assault.


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