Brown, Leslie Calvin (Les)

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African-American broadcaster, politician, and motivational speaker

Brown and his twin brother, born in a Miami ghetto, were adopted at six weeks of age by a single woman. He was hyperactive as a child and labeled a slow learner.

After high school he became a radio DJ, then broadcasting manager, community activist, political commentator, legislator, emcee, and award-winning motivational speaker and writer, with his own promotional company, commanding over $10,000 per speaking engagement.

He has been married twice and has six children.


Brown, Les. Live Your Dreams. (New York: William Morrow & Co.)
"Les Brown: Renowned Public Speaker." [Includes portrait]. Available at:
Engber, Andrea. "Raised without Daddy," Single Mother, 13 (July/August 1993). Also available at:,3375,10010,00.html
Biography Resource Center. "Les Brown, 1945-." Available at:


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Mental Handicaps, Learning Difficulties
Anti-social or Disruptive Behavior, Adhd
Formal, American/European-Type Adoption
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Single Adopters or Fosterers
Very Poor (Financially) Adoptive or Foster Families
Birth Siblings Placed Together
Twins and Triplets
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