Community Organizer, Social Entrepreneur, Base Builder, and Network Weaver are all words that describe the work and expertise of Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III – Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

He is the Founding Director of Orita’s Cross Freedom School. Based on the Freedom Schools of the 1960’s, Dr. Brown works to reconnect Black youth to their African heritage while providing them hands-on learning opportunities to spark their creative genius and build vocational skills.

In 2015 he launched the Black Church Food Security Network which combats food apartheid by helping historic African American congregations establish or expand gardens (or agricultural projects) on church-owned land.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award and The Afro American Newspaper’s “25 Under 40 Emerging Black History Leaders” award.