Dismantling Racism Works celebrates and mourns Cynthia Brown, a long-time colleague, friend, and mentor, a spiritual warrior, social justice advocate, trainer and beloved. Cynthia was a huge generous sprit, a freedom fighter, a mentor and teacher to us and so many others. She brought a hearty laugh, a willingness to ask the difficult challenging question, a deep desire to truly understand another's perspective, grace and beauty and power. We will forever miss her clear-headed and loving leadership and counsel and she will remain forever in our hearts and bones. Cynthia was a native of Reidsville, NC, received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. and her Masters of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNC-G). She brought us over 30 years of social justice activism and used training to increase grassroots community people’s capacity to build their own organizations, build effective alliances, and advocate for public policies to address their needs. Cynthia was a fellow in the W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship Program. Cynthia had extensive international experience, was a former city council woman in Durham, a 2002 U.S. Senatorial Candidate, and she co-chaired the first U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Greensboro. We are heartbroken that she is no longer with us and so grateful that we had the opportunity to work and learn and grow with her.