The “Real Slick Willie” – as former President Bill Clinton once called Willie L. Brown Jr. – will appear on campus tonight to discuss his four-decade long political career.
Brown, an influential politician who served two terms as mayor of San Francisco, will speak in Campbell Hall at 8 p.m. Brown will share his behind-the-scenes insights into government and will showcase his memoir, Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times. Admission to the event is free for UCSB students and $10 for the general public.
His book, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event, features stories of Brown’s life in government, as well as his personal tips for succeeding in the world of politics.
A 74-year-old liberal Democrat, Brown broke longevity records by spending a total of 30 years in California’s Legislature and 15 years as its speaker. Additionally, he served as the first and only African-American mayor of San Francisco for two terms, from 1996 to 2004.
Recently, Brown has contributed to MSNBC as a political analyst and also advises fellow politicians through the Willie L. Brown Jr. Institute on Politics & Public Service.