Lydia E. Brew was born with
cerebral palsy but has not allowed her physical limitations to stand in her
way. Her writing also provides insights into the world of the physically
challenged. She graduated from Texas Southern University where she received The
Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Chi Citation for Achievement.She was a member of the drama club and
pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.Under the leadership of one of her journalism professors, Miss Brew
penned her first book Edith, The Story of
Edith Irby Jones, M.D. about the first African-American to graduate from
The Arkansas School of Medicine.Upon finishing college, Miss Brew worked with the Houston Association of
Black Journalists. She is a Christian and attends St. Timothy’s United
Methodist Church.Miss Brew
founded Lydia’s Educational and Charitable Organization (LECO) when she decided
to encourage young people to write.LECO did this by sponsoring a yearly contest in which the contestant had
to write about positive role models who were alive and from the Houston area.
Each student who wrote an eligible essay was given a certificate of
received cash prizes.
Her second book Our Learn Together Book is based on the
biography of Dr. Jones. It tells her story in a simplified format on one page
and allows the child to writes his biography on the other. There are activities
in the back where children can learn developmental skills and older children
can learn to do research.