OCC student Maurice Brown is paying attention to Presidential politics like never before. The 23-year-old Brooklyn native is a delegate to Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Brown was one of only six Sanders delegates chosen in New York State’s entire 24th Congressional district. How was he selected? “I went to a Bernie Sanders debate party and began talking with people. I liked who I met and liked that Bernie talked about the issues. He has a message that connects with the college-aged group.” A short time later Brown was asked to be a Sanders delegate.
Brown is no stranger to politics. He’s president of OCC’s Politics Club. He is also vice president of the College’s Black Student Union and a U.S. Army Reservist. He’s on track to graduate in December 2016 with a degree in Communication. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at OCC. In my role with the Politics Club I get to meet local politicians. I enjoy meeting people and speaking with them. Education is really about what you do with it and who you meet.”
Brown has both the ability to speak in public and to make people laugh. He’ll have the chance to put both of those skills on display this weekend. Sunday, February 28 Brown will be the master of ceremonies for a Bernie Sanders fundraiser from 4-9 p.m. at Mac’s Bad Art Bar in Mattydale. The fundraiser is titled “Bust a Gut for Bernie.” On Monday, February 29 at 7 p.m. Brown will be performing his stand-up comic routine in the Recital Hall of Academic II on the OCC campus. Brown is a regular on the stand-up comic circuit. He’s performed locally at Funny Bone, Funk N’Waffles and in the Rochester area. He says his success as a comic depends on starting strong. “You have to get the crowd to like you immediately. If you don’t have them in the first five seconds you’re in trouble. The key is to practice a lot. He who fails to prepare prepares to fail. You have to rehearse and you have to be confident.”