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Attendance climbed to 124,074 in 2017, up 4.1 percent from the year before. Memberships that range from $35 to $100 reached 1,380 in 2017, up from 62 percent from two years earlier.

The center appears to be increasing in relevance in these divisive racial and cultural times. Its mission is to promote unity and freedom for all.

Brown, 54, founding executive director of the national blues museum in st. Louis, started this past week as the freedom center‘s ninth leader. A 21-year U.S. Air force veteran, brown’s previous role was as the executive director from 2010 to 2015 of the B.B. King museum and delta interpretive center in indianola, mississippi.

Brown, the married father of three adult children, replaces interim freedom center president dan hurley, who stepped in a year ago when clarence newsome retired.Freedom center

The freedom center will celebrate its 15th anniversary in august 2019. It survived financial crisis in 2011 and 2012, when its leaders said it would have had to close if new revenue sources had not been found. The center’s 2013 merger with cincinnati museum center further strengthened it financially. Finally, the development of the banks neighborhood around the center has boosted attendance and visibility.

Answer: "actually, I wasn’t looking. I was out having coffee with my cousin, and she told me, `you ought to look at this position. It’s right up your alley.’ I did. I did some research, and I know a lot of people who have either worked here, or started here, or went through their career. Most said, `it’s got a lot of problems.’ that’s what intrigued me. I love fixing things. But the more I did my research, I said, `well, it’s not that bad.’ the more I read up on it, I thought, `this is somewhere we can go and make a difference.’ "

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A: "it’s not a lot, but the no. 1 thing I want to do is bring sustainability in the leadership. We’ve had turnover in leadership. It was making people uneasy. I want to bring a calm. … I’m here until 2026, minimum. We’re going from great to greatness. And that’s what I’m standing on. I have a three-year-plan – I’m not ready to share it yet – but whether we make it, we’ll be further down the road than where we are now."

A: "the other day, I saw (professional basketball player) dwyane wade interviewed, and they asked him what he thought about the uprising of the (ku klux) klan. And he said, `it’s always been in white people, not all white people, but it’s been in white people to feel this way. And now they’re emboldened to speak it.’ people can draw their own conclusion to say why they’re emboldened to speak it.Percent people

"That’s what this institution or any museum is there for. It’s a neutral place for people to come and talk and have that serious conversation. We’ll never move forward if we don’t talk about it. … who comes? I don’t care. If you touch one person, it’s worth it. I care about the kids. Their parents already are how they are. But the kids, they’re sponges, and you can educate them. That’s the takeaway."

A: "this is dion brown speaking, not the national underground railroad freedom center. Eighty percent of the people – black, white, whatever – are good people. You have small pockets that are determined to mess up. You have 20 percent of the people who do all the work. Flip that. You have 20 percent of the people who want to stir things up and get the headlines. It’s that small pocket. It’s real.This institution charlottesville (virginia). But 80 percent of the people want to see everybody come up.

"It’s tough out there. From the racial profiling, people don’t understand. It happens to me. Those prejudices are what we have to tear down. Tie it back to the museum. Have conversations. Get to know each other. Those preconceived notions are real. You’re going to make me who you want me to be until you get to know me."

A: "that eternal flame, I get goosebumps, for what it represents, what my family had to go through to get me where I am. It’s humbling to be at this museum and see that eternal flame and realize I am the leader of this institution. I come from the west side of decatur, illinois, not a nice place, a poor place. But I knew I wanted more. I wanted out.

"The flame is my spot. It’s a reflection point.Freedom center I say my prayer out there. My faith led me here. What I’m really looking forward to is this: god hasn’t failed me yet. I can’t wait to see what god does with me in cincinnati. I’m here for a reason.I don’t know what it is. I do know I want the best for this institution and this city."