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Former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown poses next to a wax figure in his likeness at a temporary display in Brown’s honor outside the Assembly chamber on Monday. Brown’s visit marked his induction into the NAACP Hall of Fame.

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The Buzz: Assembly creates shrine to Willie Brown for a day

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 - 12:00 am

Assembly creates shrine

to Willie Brown for a day

Anyone witnessing former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown’s visit to the Assembly floor on Monday, with lawmakers falling over one another to press Brown’s hand and join him in a photo, might be hard-pressed to conjure up a grander homage.

Until, that is, they stepped outside the chamber.

The hallway leading up to the Assembly chamber effectively became Willie Brown Way for a day, lined with a series of photos and portraits of the long-tenured and famously powerful Brown.

Capping the tribute was a life-sized wax figure of Brown, arms spread wide in welcome and beneficence, courtesy of the now-closed San Francisco Wax Museum.

The celebratory corridor, curated by Brown’s daughter Susan, marked Brown’s induction into the NAACP Hall of Fame. After visiting the Legislature, Brown attended a dinner to receive the award.

Not that Brown needed the exhibit to remind people of his legacy. Anyone entering the Assembly passes by the Willie L. Brown Jr. Conference Room, which was guarded by Brown’s waxy likeness.

“We thought it was appropriate to post the exhibit there,” said Warren Quann of the NAACP.

– Jeremy B. White

Worth repeating

“This was really, really fun.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, on his Facebook page, referring to his goofy role

in a beer commercial that aired during the Super Bowl

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