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Peggy Brown, 79; educator and activist founded Mandela Crew, first African-American and Latino team to compete in Head of the Charles

Dr. Brown’s varied career included lecturing at Northeastern and teaching at Boston College.
Dr. Brown’s varied career included lecturing at Northeastern and teaching at Boston College.

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Determined to keep children of color in school and out of prison, Peggy Brown launched initiatives to improve health care in Roxbury and also founded the Mandela Crew, the first African-American and Latino team to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Dr. Brown hoped that if she could introduce the children and teens to a sport in which they didn’t traditionally participate, they’d become more conscientious about their grades and seek better futures.

Equally passionate about helping people of color improve their health, she started the Mandela Town Hall Health Spot in Roxbury.

Dr. Brown, who was known for her stylish attire and was well-respected by the children who gravitated to her, died Feb. 3. She was 79 and had lived in Boston.

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