Youngest mayor of Compton, Calif., to attend Human Rights Dinner for Pittsburgh NAACP

| Monday, April 28, 2014, 11:06 p.m.

The youngest mayor in Compton, Calif., history will headline the 60th Human Rights Dinner to benefit the Pittsburgh NAACP.

Aja Brown, 31, will address this year's theme, “Wealth: Affirming the Promise of Yesterday, Creating the Dreams of Tomorrow,” at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

“The Pittsburgh NAACP is excited to celebrate the impact of individual members and the vibrant community we are proud to be part of,” local NAACP president Constance Parker said.

Spokesman K. Chase Patterson said the event recognizes civil rights leaders young and old. Award recipients include Charles Powell, director of diversity and community engagement for the Urban Redevelopment Authority; Cecile Springer, president of Springer Associates; longtime equality activist and civil rights leader Alma Speed Fox; and Sabrina Saunders, recently appointed executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls, Pittsburgh.

Melissa Freeny, Brown's spokeswoman, said the mayor looks forward to visiting Pittsburgh.

Brown's speech will touch on her background as the child of a single parent and her work with public policy and urban planning.

Megan Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5815 or

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