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An advocate for peace

"I was part of the civil rights era and marched. I was bused to [a black] school and witnessed a lot of racist events in St. Louis. When I finally went to a mixed school we had separate lunches, gym times, and white kids said nasty things. I can't believe I'm old enough to remember this stuff. So today I feel like an advocate for peace. And because the stage is a platform, I don't ever think I'm just a diva adorned in a beautiful dress. I believe performers have the ability to affect humanity and spirituality."

Convinced that it is far better to give than to receive, Jeri annually performs for charitable organizations and produces film and theatre projects that tap into cultural mosaics, discovering and showcasing emerging talent, and presenting cultural, historical tributes.

Several of Jeri's humanitarian efforts appear on jazz video and audio productions which continue to rotate in international airplay for BET, BRAVO, World Vision, Radio France and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Jeri Brown was the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (previous winners include Oscar Peterson) in 2004. The award was presented at the 19th annual Black Theatre Workshop's event held in Montreal, Canada.

Of note is Jeri's October 2001 "Peace Concert Tour" of France and Turkey one month after the September 11 tragedy, was recorded for Radio France.
Ms. Brown regularly gives benefit concerts for social service charities including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Centraide, Canadian Diabetes Association, World Vision and CRUDEM.

In 1994, Jeri Brown founded her own non-profit society, Jongleur Artist Group, committed to providing local talent with education and performance opportunities. She has since inaugurated the Jongleur Vocal Arts Performance School with locations in Montreal and Halifax. These efforts continue to produce and provide support through scholarship, mentorship and training. Of note are several participants who have entered university or won praise in performance competitions such as Canadian Idol.