This Day in History: 1920-04-30

Community organizer and relentlessly energetic children’s health advocate Odessa Brown is born. Brown was a staunch supporter of a health care facility for children in the Central Area.  She worked tirelessly in this mostly African American neighborhood to make residents aware of the health needs of the area and to express these needs to the planners at Seattle Model Cities, a federally-funded anti-poverty agency. Her efforts persuaded Seattle Model Cities to develop a children’s clinic to serve the city’s Central District. She died before the clinic opened its doors in 1970, and it was named the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in her memory. Learn more.