Maggie Brown inspires students and spreads a legacy


Jessica Velazquez

Maggie Brown singing while students in the audience clap along.

Daughter of legendary lyricist and performer Oscar Brown Jr., Maggie Brown refuses to let her father’s legacy die.

The vocalist, singer, songwriter, music producer, and storyteller spread his legacy every step she takes and with every note she sings. Her mission is to inspire responsibility and influence a better outcome for the future. The cultural artist uses a mixture of the power of music and word and calls it ‘edutainment’ to keep audiences focus and engage through a performance.

Metea Valley was fortunate enough to have Brown come to the school to speak to the students about her experience, spread her knowledge, and of course her father’s legacy.

“It is certainly my intention to inspire,” Brown said.

Brown spoke to AP Language and Composition students about the power of music and how far back it goes into African American history. She sang songs that were full of the blues that the enslaved African Americans sang, full of soul, and even played some jazz. She explained that songs genres like Jazz, Blues, call and response, spirituals, ragtime, and even rap all revolved around the songs slaves sang back then and evolved to what they are now. She gave another view into history with empowering messages through song.

 ¨I wanted to use my gifts to help encourage the fact that we all have a greater responsibility for a positive outcome of our future,” Brown said.

She has interacted and inspired many students not only at Metea but at other schools as well.

“I thought it was pretty interesting because it was different. The way she kept transitioning between singing, dancing and talking definitely got my attention,” senior Sydnee Graves said

Students who attended the performance were very captivated. The crowd was engaged and a part of most of her songs. Incorporating education and entertainment are what kept the student’s attention. The stories she told and the way she told them helped connect easier.

“It benefited me because she was spreading the word about the struggles and influences of black people onto my peers which helps them become more aware of my culture and community,” Graves said.

Brown showed Metea Valley another better way of learning and gave more insight into the black culture and history.  She is an inspiration to students and teachers.