DeNeen L. Brown

Washington, D.C.

Local enterprise reporter

DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer at The Washington Post. Brown has covered night police, education, courts, politics and culture. She has written about the black middle class, poverty, the homeless, arts and gentrification. As a foreign correspondent, Brown traveled throughout the Arctic to write about climate change and indigenous populations. In 2006, Brown won first place in narrative features in the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors’ Excellence in Feature Writing Contest. She won the 1999 award for non-deadline writing by the American Society of Newspaper
Latest from DeNeen L. Brown

She survived the Tulsa Race Massacre. Now, at 107, she’s become a queen mother.

Viola Fletcher and her 100-year-old brother flew in August from Oklahoma to Ghana, where they were honored by the West African nation for their resilience and fearlessness.

September 4, 2021

An abolitionist’s hope meets a president’s hypocrisy

Frederick Douglass pushed for progress for Black people, but Andrew Johnson erased it.

September 3, 2021

Tulsa Race Massacre survivors ask Justice Department to intervene in the search for mass graves

The request for the Justice Department to get involved comes weeks after Tulsa officials reburied remains that were exhumed from a mass grave discovered in a city-owned cemetery.

August 18, 2021

    Mississippi’s history of lynchings haunts grieving mother

    A 21-year-old Black man was found hanging from a tree in Scott County, Miss., in 2018. Authorities ruled it was ruled a suicide, but his family says he was lynched.

    August 8, 2021

    ‘Lynchings in Mississippi never stopped’

    Police ruled the deaths suicides; the families say their loved ones were lynched.

    August 8, 2021

    Descendants of Tulsa Race Massacre victims protest reburial of mass grave remains

    The reburial sparked an angry protest from some members of the Tulsa Mass Graves Public Oversight Committee, which is overseeing the investigation into whether bodies from the 1921 rampage were dumped into a pit at the city-owned Oaklawn Cemetery.

    August 3, 2021

    The Haitian leader assassinated after an anti-slavery revolution two centuries ago

    Two centuries before Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, Jean-Jacques Dessalines was slain by political rivals after helping to lead an anti-slavery revolution.

    July 9, 2021

    Scientists excavating Tulsa Race Massacre site unearth skeleton with bullet wounds

    Scientists excavating a mass grave that may be connected to the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have found at least one skeletal remain of a Black man with multiple gunshot wounds, including wounds to his head and shoulder. They're continuing to examine remains found in the mass grave in the city-owned cemetery.

    June 26, 2021

    In Tulsa, solemn remembrances of a century-old race massacre by survivors and descendants

    Tulsa spent much of the last century denying the 1921 race massacre. Now the city is finally acknowledging the history and its lasting scars, even as it resists calls for reparations for the survivors and descendants.

    June 1, 2021

    Tensions erupt in Tulsa as city commemorates 1921 race massacre

    Much of the acrimony in Tulsa revolves around the issue of reparations for the 1921 race massacre, which left as many as 300 dead and 10,000 homeless and destroyed one of the most prosperous Black neighborhoods in the country.

    May 30, 2021