In Our Care

Efrid, Brown Jr, was born December 24th 1950 in Baltimore Maryland. He was one of three children born to Ruth Washington of Winnsboro South Carolina and Efrid Brown Sr., also of He is survived by his wife Christine Dwyer –Brown and mother Ruth B. Waters who currently resides in Baltimore Maryland. He also leaves behind a life long friend Toya Scott of Cambridge and his two beloved children Chad Brown and Esther Brown. He is also survived by his grandson Jordan Brown of Baltimore and a host of cousins and friends.He graduated from Annapolis senior high school then went to Morgan State for two years finally finishing his Bachelors of Art at Boston University.
There is not enough space here or in this world to contain the extraordinary being that Efrid was.
He was among the most influential Black activists in Massachusetts. In the 60's he fought in the Vietnam war and like many Black vets he came home and began to question why a disproportionate numbers of Black veterans came home to unemployment, segregated cities, poor education and health care facilities.

He subsequently joined the Boston chapter of the De Mau Mau, an organization founded by African American Vietnam veterans in the early 70's. De Mau Mau was very active in the African American community. They had a breakfast program, they offered political education classes, they eliminated the local drug trade by patrolling the neighborhoods and were often called for assistance before the police. Brother Dini or Zulu as he was called, was one of the leaders of the organization and was very involved in its daily functions. He was very much loved and respected by its members. For the remainder of his life he continued to fight for the rights of vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Targeted for his activism with the De Mau Mau's, he became a political prisoner in his own country for the next 43 years. While in prison he led campaigns to bring attention to the institutional racism in the system. He brought attention to the abuse of Black prisoners in 10 Block in the Walpole prison, where a classification system was used to make Black prisoners serve longer sentences and within stricter confines. He advocated for prisoner's rights, for their education, and for better living conditions. As a result of his activism in jail, he spent many years in solitary confinement. Efrid also co-founded The Concerned Elders, a group founded to decrease the recidivism rate for prisoners.

Despite the systematic attempt to break him down, Efrid's spirit for justice was never broken. He paid a heavy price for doing the right thing. Despite all the injustices he suffered he never lost his sense of humor, his deep love for his fellow brothers and sisters, he gave unconditional support and love to those who were around him. Known as Ef by those closest to him, he was a charming man, a dedicated friend, a charismatic, articulate, and naturally gifted leader.
Efrid was a warrior for peace, love, and justice and he defended those values with his mind, spirit, and soul. To celebrate him, may we all follow his example and be our brothers keepers.
His epitaph would say "I was my brother's keeper."

Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service on Friday April 8th at 3:30 PM at Grant AME Church, 1906 Washington St., Boston. Arrangements under the care of DeVito Funeral Homes 761 Mt. Auburn St., WATERTOWN. To send an online condolence visit