Congratulations to Audrey Murph Brown
Louise Gaskins Lifetime Civil Rights Award
Audrey Murph-Brown, Springfield
As a school social worker for more than two decades, Audrey Murph-Brown has changed the lives of countless students for the better. As a member of the MTA Executive Committee and chair of the MTA Equal Opportunity Council, Murph-Brown is advancing the goals of her profession and her union by stressing the need for diversity and inclusion and then making change happen.
In Springfield, Murph-Brown has been a driving force in ALANA — a group of African American, Latino, Asian and Native American educators and their white allies who have used grassroots organizing strategies to make a powerful impact on the city’s schools by boldly confronting institutional racism in hiring.
On the Equal Opportunity Council, Murph-Brown has kept the MTA’s commitment to racial diversity in hiring at the forefront. Under the MTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Project, Murph-Brown has helped the association make major advances in hiring and retention practices.
Murph-Brown’s “magnetic personality and ability to work with others while maintaining a strong voice for others makes her the perfect candidate for this award,” wrote Tammy Johnson, a fellow MTA Board member, in her nomination letter.
Hull Teachers Association President and Board member Deborah McCarthy summed up Murph-Brown’s approach to teaching others about equity and social justice. “As a white woman who was raised in a predominantly white community,” McCarthy said, Murph-Brown “has taught me with dignity about my white privilege. She has shared knowledge around racial and social equality in a manner that is not only engaging, it is welcoming. Every step of the way, her approach is one of teacher, mentor and friend.”