Black Hawk Democratic chair Vikki Brown honored at party’s hall of fame dinner | Political News

WATERLOO — Black Hawk County Democratic Chairwoman Vikki Brown has only held the position since March, but her years of service to the party earned her recognition at Thursday night’s Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Awards in Des Moines.

Brown received the Minnette Doderer Award of Outstanding Leadership. The award is named for an Iowa City women’s rights advocate and long-time legislator whose tenure in state office began in 1964.

“Vikki is an example for all those looking to make a difference as activists,” Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Kevin Geiken said. “We could not have chosen anyone better to honor this year when activism has taken center stage in our political debate.”

Brown’s activism dates back to age 11 when she marched with the “Children’s Crusade” in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963 as part of the civil rights movement. One of her last acts before becoming the county chair was joining the Women’s March in Des Moines in January.

In between, the Waterloo resident served as a precinct captain in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 caucuses and general election and presided over early voting events. Her campaign work dates back to 1973, including helping Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart succeed in his 2015 bid for the office.

“Vikki was chosen for her outstanding leadership as a civil rights activist, a Democratic activist and a party leader. Her record speaks for itself,” Geiken said.

Brown was also active throughout the 2016 cycle working to get the party’s presidential nominee Hillary Clinton elected. She introduced President Bill Clinton during a Waterloo campaign stop on behalf of his wife; served as a representative ambassador for Hillary Clinton at the national convention; and as the party’s African-American outreach coordinator in eastern Iowa…

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