C. Sylvia and Eddie Brown established the C. Sylvia and Eddie Brown Driskell Center Scholars Advancement Fund in December 2002 to provide graduate and postdoctoral fellowships for students in programs that bridge the disciplines of the humanities, performing and visual arts, and social sciences. The Browns have been a philanthropic couple for many years. Eddie Brown has been CEO and is the founder of Brown Capital Management in Baltimore, one of the country’s oldest African-American owned investment management firms. Sylvia Brown has devoted most of her time to volunteering in community activities. The Browns were recognized as Marylanders of the Year in 2011 by the Maryland Historical Society.