DENMARK -- Deanna Brown-Thomas, daughter of “Godfather of Soul” James Brown, will be the keynote speaker during the Voorhees College Women’s History Month kickoff celebration at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Massachusetts Hall Auditorium.
The Voorhees Women’s History Month theme is “Celebrating Black Girl Magic: Voorhees Women Changing Minds, Changing Lives and Changing the World.”
Thomas is a native of Queens, N.Y. and was raised in Augusta, Ga. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Towson State University and a Federal Communications Commission license from the Columbia School of Broadcasting.
Thomas is the founder of the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils, also known as J.A.M.P., a year-round musical village dedicated to teaching students to play instruments, write and create their own music.
She is also founder of the James Brown Family Performing Arts Center, which is a theatre-arts, fashion and fine arts initiative in New York.
She boasts an extensive career as a broadcaster for Clear Channel, Radio One and CBS Affiliate WRDW. Thomas was program director and on-air personality at WERD and WAAW in Georgia, both owned by James Brown.
She developed an appreciation and understanding of the music industry by watching, working and traveling with her dad as executive vice president of James Brown Enterprises.
Thomas debuted as a film and Screen Actors Guild actress in “New York Undercover” and “Blues Brothers 2000.” In addition, she had a role in the award-winning Broadway play “Pippen” and the play “Soul Brother Number One” at the Augusta Mini Theater.
Currently, she is filming “The Deanna Brown Show” and has written her first children’s book, “Little Miss D.”
Additionally, she serves as the president of The James Brown Family Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization created according to the wishes of James Brown. Through JBFF, she advocates charitable giving and conducts an annual James Brown turkey and toy giveaway in Augusta and New York, where thousands of underprivileged children and families have received turkeys and toys during the holidays.