Rosemary Wedderburn Brown

Born June 17, 1930, Jamaica; died Vancouver, Canada, April 26, 2003; NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 1972-1986; first black woman elected to a Canadian provincial legislation and first black woman to run for the leadership of a Canadian federal political party (1975)

Further Reading:

Rosemary Brown, Being Brown: A Very Public Life. Toronto: Random House, 1989.

Rosemary Brown, “The Possibilities for Social Change in Canada: A Feminist Perspective.” Queen’s Quarterly. Vol. 84, No. 2 (Summer 1977), p. 178-185.

Lynette Roy, Rosemary Brown, Brown Girl in the Ring: A Biography for Young People. Toronto: Sister Vision, 1992.

Rosemary Sadlier, “Rosemary Brown: Social Worker, Politician, Writer, Social Activist.” Leading the Way: Black Women in Canada. Toronto: Umbrella Press, 1994, p. 33-38.

Dawn Williams, “Rosemary Brown.” Who’s Who in Black Canada: Black Success and Black Excellence in Canada: A Contemporary Directory. Toronto: D.P. Williams, 2002, p. 87.

“Rosemary Brown” in Celebrating Women’s Achievements, Library and Archives Canada,