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

Emmett Till’s family calls for woman’s arrest after finding 1955 warrant

Carolyn Bryant Donham, who is White, had accused the 14-year-old Till of making improper advances at a family store in Money, Miss., in August 1955 — an accusation that started the chain of events that led to Till’s lynching.

June 30, 2022

After Juneteenth, many Black people in Texas remained enslaved

People celebrate Juneteenth now as a day of freedom. But the truth is absolute freedom did not come to all enslaved Black people in Texas on June 19, 1865.

June 19, 2022

He discovered the Watergate break-in, then died destitute and forgotten

Frank Wills noticed masking tape covering locks on a stairwell door at the Watergate and called the police, setting in motion the biggest political scandal in U.S. history. Soon after Watergate, Wills’s name faded from the headlines.

June 17, 2022

Three survivors of Tulsa Race Massacre receive $1 million donation

Viola Fletcher, 108, Lessie Benningfield Randall, 107, and Hughes Van Ellis, 102, received a lump $1 million donation Wednesday from co-founders of Business for Good, a New York nonprofit.

May 18, 2022

Racial justice coalition demands that Biden order study of reparations

A coalition of dozens of human rights organizations and racial justice advocates delivered a letter to the White House Wednesday, demanding that President Biden issue an executive order to create a commission to study reparations for slavery in the United States.

May 5, 2022

Judge allows lawsuit by Tulsa Race Massacre survivors to proceed

A judge in Oklahoma ruled that a reparations lawsuit filed by survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre may move forward.

May 3, 2022

James Madison’s plantation vowed to share power with Black descendants. Then things blew up.

It was hailed as a model for granting representation to descendants of enslaved people.

April 22, 2022

Montpelier staffers say they were fired for backing descendants group

Senior staffers at James Madison's Montpelier say they were fired from the historic estate after speaking up for descendants of the enslaved.

April 18, 2022

Mary McLeod Bethune, civil rights pioneer, advised presidents on ‘the problems of my people’

A statue of Mary McLeod Bethune, a Black woman who advised five presidents, will soon be installed in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

March 5, 2022

Black History Month founder showed how schools should teach about race

Carter G. Woodson's classic "The Mis-Education of the Negro" still resonates in today's charged political debates over critical race theory.

February 1, 2022