Ron Brown, the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, apparently had poor driving skills and odd sleeping habits. He also had his shirts custom-made and nicknamed his daughter “Boli.” These are just a few personal glimpses Tracey L. Brown gives of her father’s life in her book The Life and Times of Ron Brown: A Memoir. As the first African-American to hold this key position in the U.S. government, he championed civil rights, stood up for affirmative action, and promoted woman- and minority-owned businesses. When Brown died in a plane crash while on mission to Croatia three years ago, the nation was stunned. Eleanor Holmes Norton remarked: “Somebody forgot to tell Ron Brown how a black man was supposed to act….Many of us are brainwashed to believe that you can go but so far. He had no sense of limits.” This is the man that Tracey Brown captures and will discuss at 4 p.m. at Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. (202) 727-1211. (Ayesha Morris)