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Brown Tones Productions is James Brown and Karol Brown, a married couple working harmoniously to present heartwarming, spell binding, unifying, and empowering storytelling events. Classroom sessions from 40 minute to 90 minute stage performances featuring original interpretation of in-depth research on the life of Harriet Tubman. Brown Tones Productions programs include stories and songs with audience participation to provide educational entertaining experiences appropriate for ages 6 and up, that "Brings You As Close to Meeting Harriet Tubman As You Will Ever Be".


Harriet Tubman is the most renowned conductor on the Underground Railroad (UGRR). The UGRR was an organization established by abolitionists who worked together to assist people in their quest for freedom. Harriet Tubman was born and suffered as a slave for 29 years of her life. She escaped and then returned to the South 13 times, risking her life, to rescue 70 family members and friends. She was also a Civil War Veteran, nurse, business woman, and a caregiver. Harriet Tubman was motivated by love. Her humanity is the inspiration for Brown Tones Production's "A Visit with Harriet Tubman".

Brown Tones Productions begin touring throughout Washington State in 2000. They have shared the stories of Harriet Tubman's life to hundreds of audiences in schools, theatres, college campus, libraries, businesses, McCord Air Force Base and other public and private venues. Brown Tones Productions has relocated from Washington to Dayton, Ohio.


James Brown, Singer, actor, author, and song writer has a natural talent for telling original stories, and singing a Capella.  James portrays Harriet Tubman's caregiver Bother Ely who greets the audience and takes them on a vicarious journey to meet Harriet Tubman. James's smooth tenor voice adds sweet sounding Negro Spirituals to enhance the stories.  James was casted as Rev. Sykes, in the Tacoma Little Theatre's production of To Kill A Mocking Bird, to open their 2014 production season.  


Karol Brown, Storyteller, actress, author, teaching artist, dietitian, and a health educator.  She is known as Aunt Harriet to the many people she has touch with her presentation of Harriet Tubman, as a charming, jovial and inspirational elderly woman. Using humor, drama, and audience interactions, Karol, a consummate storyteller, bring to life the stories of the woman called Moses. Karol is passionate about Harriet Tubman and this passion has inspired creative ways to share

Harriet Tubman's legacy with others. Including:


  • 30 Lessons in Love, Leadership and Legacy from Harriet Tubman, by Karol V. Brown. This book is a guide to using 30 of Harriet Tubman's inspirational stories as examples of how compassion and love as a motivating spirit, can guide anyone to be a leader and leave a legacy. March 10, Harriet Tubman Day Special Events: Stage performances that focused on Harriet Tubman's  community and health advocacy combined with a current health issue, Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day also March 10. (1990 President George Bush signed a proclamation of March 10 as Harriet Tubman Day.)
  • Art/Communication/History curriculums for teaching the humanitarian leadership concepts from Harriet Tubman to children and adults. Through learning about Harriet Tubman, from her life stories, participating in group activities students develop: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills.
  • Adult workshops using the same 30 lessons book to discuss; equal opportunity, community actions, service, housing programs, faith based discussions, and servant leadership.
  • 30 Lessons in Love, Leadership and Legacy from Harriet Tubman, Community Reading Program, (Coordination with local libraries to have families in the community read and come together to discuss the book with Harriet Tubman)
  • Harriet Tubman Inspired line of Tee-shirt and other products: featuring the 30 lessons



  • National Storytelling Network

Honors/ Awards:        

Selected for 4 terms by the Humanities Washington, Seattle, WA "Inquiring Mind" Speakers Bureau, Brown Tones Productions has presented over 150 "Inquiring

Mind" presentations throughout Washington State.


Related experience:   Toastmasters International. 

Karol's experience with Toastmasters goes back to 1995.  In 1999 Karol was the first place winner at the 1999 Division A International Speech contest she went on to place second in District 32 contest. 1997, she won first place in the Humorous Speech contests for Area 14 and Division A and second in District 32. Karol also organized and started two Toastmasters Clubs in 2010 and 2014. Both James and Karol have served as club President.


Articles, and Featured press release:

  • March – May 2009, A Visit with Harriet Tubman, a featured program in four Seattle Library System locations as part of Seattle Reads, My Jim, by Nancy Rawles.
  • January 20, 2009 The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee, WA  MLK Day: "I never thought I'd live to see this day", by Rick Steigmyer
  • February 12, 2009, Tacoma Weekly, City Scene, Tacoma, WA, Celebrate Black History Month, 'A Visit with Aunt Harriet Tubman' by Matt Nagle
  • March 5, 2009 Tacoma Weekly, 'Performer applies Harriet Tubman's Wisdom to AIDS pandemic', by Dawn Quinn
  • August 8, 2004, Dayton Daily News Paper, Dayton, Ohio, Sweet Sound of Freedom, by Khalid Moss
  • February 2004, Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma, WA, Couple Enliven Historical Presentation with Musical Moments, by Bill Hutchens


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