Joan C. Browning is a resident heroine for civil rights. She is most famous for being one of four southern White women of the 1961 Freedom Riders. She recently accepted her second appointment as Commissioner, WV Human Rights Commission. She is the First Business Manager of Williamsburg and Hillsboro Health Clinics; serves as one of three organizers of Greater Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation; served thirteen years as Development Director, Greenbrier Community College Foundation where she successfully fundraised for renovations and scholarships; served as a two-term Trustee of Greenbrier County Public Library; two years as president of Ronceverte/Fairlea Little League where she quadrupled the number of children involved; revived our local Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commemoration; she served seven years as president of Greenbrier County Committee on Aging and five years Special Assistant to the Hon. Andy Pendleton, mayor of Rainelle; and in her sparse free time she works as a producer, scriptwriter, a narrator of films, and a guest lecturer at various venues. A believer in the Matthew 25 pledge, she tries to show kindness to all of creation, noting the possible exception of rabid wildlife.