By Kathy Chouteau
Rodney Alamo Brown, a longtime community advocate in Richmond and Contra Costa County, was honored Oct. 3, with a Ceremonial Resolution for his lifetime of service from the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors at its meeting in Martinez.
District 1 Supervisor John Gioia recommended and presented Brown with his Resolution, which noted his work as one who “has enriched the culture and positively impacted the people of Contra Costa County for more than four decades” as a professional barber, professional baseball scout, community advocate, journalist, award winning author and Bay Area hip hop pioneer.
Brown, who graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1984, is well known in Richmond for founding the Soulful Softball Sunday organization in 2015, which the Resolution cited as launching with fifty people and blossoming into thousands worldwide.
Supervisor Gioia took to X (formerly known as Twitter) Oct. 3 to share he was proud to honor Brown at that day’s Board of Supervisors meeting and said his work in Richmond, including the acclaimed annual Soulful Softball Sunday event, has advanced health, peace and equity for all. “Thanks Rodney for all you’ve done to help people thrive.”
Regarding his honor, Brown told the Richmond Standard, “I’m so grateful to serve our community at large, it’s been an ordination from GOD!”