In 1987, Oakland real estate agent Oral Lee Brown adopted a first grade class and committed to sending each eligible student to college. She didn't know where the funds would come from, but she was set on seeing underprivileged kids have a chance for higher education.
When the time came, almost all of the 23 students went on to college thanks to "Mama Brown," who had tucked away a nest egg saved from her real estate income.
Now, Brown's foundation continues to make dreams come true for Oakland students, doling out college scholarships every three years.
Supporters can donate to the Oral Lee Brown Foundation to help Lee fulfill her mission of sending local kids to college.
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