Mr. Brown’s presentation needs to be done nationwide! Excellent!
NABSE Conference – Washington, DC
Very inspiring, informative and personally engaging.
UW Madison – Madison, WI
Incredibly informative and challenging – loved the energy!
UW Madison – Madison, WI

In 2016, Madison365 recognized Percy Brown, Jr. as one of the most influential African- Americans in the state of Wisconsin. Madison365 describes Percy as “one of the great leaders to arise from the south side of Madison.” In 2014 and 2015 respectively, Percy was awarded the Educator of the Year award by the 100 Black Men chapter of Madison, WI. and was the recipient of the Urban League of Greater Madison President’s Rising Star award.

Percy Brown, Jr. comes from a family of civil rights activists that fought for equal rights in the Jim Crow south during the 1950’s and 60’s in Bolivar County Mississippi. His grandfather, Morgan Brown, Jr., was an educator for over 50 years and led most civil rights efforts in Bolivar County. Percy’s father, uncles and aunts were part of the first wave of blacks to desegregate white schools with his aunt Ella being the first of two blacks to integrate Rosedale High School. Percy’s family activism is part of his lineage that he carries into his work today.

Percy’s work has also been shaped by his life’s experiences growing up in a predominantly white, liberal and progressive community. In fifth grade, Percy experienced the desegregation of his elementary school in Madison, WI. in 1984. Percy grew up in the black church with his father serving as a Deacon for nearly 40 years, was exposed to college life and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity through his uncle Charles and followed the life of a drug dealer with his uncle Morgan. Percy brings a perspective that is balanced between faith, academics, street knowledge and activism.

Percy is currently the Director of Equity and Student Achievement for the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District, Senior Outreach Specialist for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an adjunct instructor for Edgewood College in the school of education.

Percy’s latest endeavor is hosting a new video blog series on Madison365 called Real Talk. To view episodes, click on the Real Talk tab to hear Percy in action.