Willie B. Brown, the former Assembly Minority Leader who passed away on Monday at age 68, will be remembered for sticking to his principles and standing up for his beliefs, “even if that wasn’t the most expedient and popular choice,” Speaker Joseph Roberts said in a statement today.
“His fight in the 1980s to halt the investment of state pension funds in companies doing businesses with South Africa was not only righteous, but courageous and groundbreaking,” Roberts said. “His willingness to get arrested outside the South African consulate in New York served as example to us all of standing up for what is right.”
Brown’s wake is scheduled for Sunday from 4PM to 7PM at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark. A funeral service will be held at 10AM Monday.
Brown, a Democrat from the South Ward of Newark, was first elected to the State Assembly in 1973 and spent 24 years in the Legislature.