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J. Lyle Browning  Photo courtesy of Irene Moore
  The following profile was written by Irene Moore of the Windsor and District Black Coalition.

J. Lyle Browning, son of Joseph Browning and Gladys Richardson Browning, grew up in a family of six siblings. He graduated from Patterson Collegiate Institute in Windsor in 1941, after having attained “all city” standing on its basketball team. He was the first African Canadian scholar to attend Assumption College, from 1941 to 1943.
2005 Black Community Leadership Award Recipient J. Lyle Browning  


Mr. Browning has been active as a business person throughout his adult life. He was a production manager at S.K.D. Tool, a plant manager for Williams Norman, a Vice

President of Coronet Television, President of Car Steel Corporation, sales manager for Centreline, and founder of Monitor Industries and Techno Tool and Die. Along the way, he married the late Geraldine Browning and had two sons, Joseph and Bruce. In 1972 he formed J. L. Browning & Co. and Browning Engineering and
Manufacturing Co. with his son, the late Joseph Browning, Jr. His other son, Bruce Edward Browning, heads up Browning Associates Design of Toronto.

Mr. Browning’s involvement in the political life of his community and nation is also well known. In 1943 he started a long association with the Liberal Party by working with the late Charles Clarke and the Hon. Paul Martin, Sr. to establish the first Young Liberals Club, called the Laurier-King Club of Windsor. He served as its first president, then later served as secretary of the Ontario Liberal Association in 1945 and secretary of the Young Liberal Federation of Canada in 1948. While his bids for election at the provincial and municipal levels did not prove successful, he has remained a political and community activist throughout his life.

The true embodiment of voluntarism, Mr. Browning has served actively on numerous organizations and committees including the Windsor Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee, the Windsor-Essex Skills Training Advisory Committee, the Precision Metal Cutting Advisory Committee at St. Clair College, the Windsor/Essex County Industrial Commission Strategic Planning and Research Committee, the Board of the Junior Achievement Association of Windsor, the Big Brothers Association, the Board of the Advertising and Sales Club of Windsor, the Board of
Iona College, and the Windsor and District Chamber of Commerce, to name just a few. As a longtime and former president of the Windsor Downtown Lions Club, he played a lead role in establishing the Lions Manor on Riverside Drive East in 1979.

Mr. Browning continues to be involved in a wide variety of organizations including the Windsor Downtown Lions Club, the Board of Governors of St. Clair College, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, where he is a Senior Life Member. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Melvin Jones and Helen Keller Fellowships, the two highest International Lions Awards.

Mr. Browning was chosen as the 2005 Black Community Leadership Award recipient to honour his service to the Black community of Windsor and Essex County, in particular. Mr. Browning was secretary and vice president of the Central Citizens’ Association of Windsor, which paved the way for many of the African Canadian social action groups that exist in Windsor today. Mr. Browning was a member of the Canadian Consultative Council on Multiculturalism, the group which laid the groundwork for the federal Ministry of Multiculturalism. He played a key role in the planning and fundraising that led to the establishment of the North American Black Historical Museum and Cultural Centre in Amherstburg, raising $325,000 as chair of its initial campaign drive. He continued to remain on the Board of the Black Historical Museum for many years thereafter. Mr. Browning was also a member of the Underground Railroad Monument Committee of Windsor and he remains an active member of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society. While he attends Westminster United Church, Mr. Browning has always remained an active
member and supporter of Ontario Chapel British Methodist Episcopal Church. Perhaps most importantly, throughout the years, he has mentored, supported and employed innumerable individuals of African descent as a business leader, all the while serving as an outstanding example of leadership both within and beyond the Black community. The award was presented to Mr. Browning on February 26th, 2005.

 
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