Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
For nearly two decades, Dr. Brown has demonstrated a deep commitment to and advocacy on a myriad of social justice concerns at every level of government, business, and at the grassroots level as well.
During the Baltimore Uprising of 2015, he balanced his direct service organizing with serving as a spokesperson to national and international media through Baltimore United for Change (BUC) – a coalition of grassroots organizations that he helped establish.
Currently, Dr. Brown is directing his energy toward establishing systemic solutions to the pressing issues of the Black community.
Toward that end, he is the Founding Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School. Based on the Freedom Schools of the 1960’s, Dr. Brown works to reconnect Black youth to their African heritage while teaching them skills designed to help them be self-reliant.
In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which provides seed funding and support to help churches begin growing food on their land. The Network also links Black Churches and Black Farmers in partnership in an effort to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency and Black food and land sovereignty.
Dr. Brown is a regular voice in media and his dedication to service has been publicly recognized as well. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award and The Afro American Newspaper’s “25 Under 40 Emerging Black History Leaders” award. In 2011, Urbanite Magazine identified him as one of the “Change Makers of Baltimore City.” In 2013; he received a $10,000 Fellowship Award from The Beatitudes Society who identified him as one of eight leading young progressive Faith leaders in the country. In 2016, Grist.Org named him among innovators, organizers, and visionaries as one of “The 50 People You’ll Be Talking About This Year.”
He earned his B.S. degree in Psychology from Morgan State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University