Brown has come up the hard way: Born into poverty, he was adopted and raised by a single mother and mistakenly labeled "educably mentally retarded" as a youth. With no formal education after high school, he became a disc jockey, then a community activist, and went on to three terms in the Ohio legislature. Now one of America's leading motivational speakers, he delivers his inspirational messages for creating a truly happy, successful life.
Les Brown came up the hard way. He and his brother were adopted at the age of six weeks by a single woman and raised in the Liberty City section of Miami, Florida. In the fifth grade, Les was mistakenly declared "educably mentally retarded." In spite of these conditions, he became a disc jockey, a community activist, and later served three terms in the Ohio State Legislature, becoming chairman of its Human Resources Committee. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has had five PBS television specials.