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Baltimore Philanthropists Eddie and Sylvia Brown Win Marylanders of the Year Award

Story was picked up nationwide, including in Jacksonville, Fla., and Nashville papers.

Posted 03.25.11 by MICA communications

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"Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown have a talent for using philanthropy as a tool to battle inequality," credits the Maryland Historical Society (MdHS), which announced the Browns as the society's "Marylanders of the Year," an award whose recipients have included Ben Bradlee, Tom Clancy and Sargent Shriver.

The Browns and their family have contributed more than $22 million to various charitable causes over the past 15 years, including their largest single gift of $6 million that helped fund construction of MICA's Brown Center. They also have underwritten a number of full scholarships for African-American students to attend MICA.

At the awards luncheon held on March 25, annually known as Maryland Day, the MdHS president said, "Eddie and Sylvia have generated spectacular dividends for impoverished inner-city residents and leveled playing fields across the country in the realms of education, healthcare and art.

At the awards ceremony, Eddie Brown said, "We have tried to create a model of philanthropy that spurs other African Americans of means to become more involved with charitable giving to our community. Both of us have been very pleased with the results achieved."

To read more about the Browns' philanthropy, click here. The story of their award was picked up nationwide, including in Jacksonville,
Fla., and Nashville papers.