14 Most Inspiring Black Couples (2014 Edition)
12. VAN & AJA BROWN
Best friends Van and Aja Brown are co-founders of Urban Vision Community Development Corporation, which is an organization committed “to changing the City of Compton through focusing on including, educating and empowering Compton’s youth.” In an effort to have more of an effect on change within Compton, Aja ran for the Office of Mayor in 2013 and won! On June 4, 2013, Mayor Aja Brown made history by becoming the youngest Mayor of Compton, CA. Even though considered an outsider of Compton, the city holds a special place in her heart because this was the city her grandmother was brutally murdered in and the case has still not been solved. Brown says, “Growing up there was a big void in my life and my mother’s life.” Running for mayor is “part of rectifying a part of my past tragedy.” Despite the tragedies Van and Aja Brown are committed to each other and their community.
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BY: Delisha Easley | PHOTO CREDIT: VAN BROWN