Dr. Brown has been recognized in various ways for her work in creating the autobiography honoring Florence Price. Below is a summary of the acknowledgments and awards she has received for her work.
The International Alliance for Women in Music annually awards the Pauline Alderman Awards for outstanding scholarship in music. Edith Pauline Alderman (January 16, 1893 – October 11, 1983) was an American musicologist and composer. She was the founder and the first Chairwoman of the Department of Music History and Literature at the University of Southern California, between 1952 and 1960. The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price by Dr. Rae Linda Brown was the Book Prize Winner in 2022.
Featured in Music in Black American Life,
Music in Black American Life collects research and analysis that originally appeared in the journals American Music and the Black Music Research Journal, as well as in the University of Illinois Press's book series Music in American Life. The topics include the culturally and musically complex Black music-making of colonial America; string bands and other lesser-known genres practiced by Black artists; the jubilee industry and its audiences; and innovators in jazz, blues, and Black gospel. Dr. Rae Linda Brown was featured in chapter 11 - “My Soul’s Been Anchored in de Lord” and “Black Satin Clothes at the Fair”.
Honorable mention from the Society for American Music's Irving Lowens Book Award committee
Irving Lowen has done considerable work in the field of American Music History, and the Irving Lowen Award was created to honor his important and foundational work. The Lowens Book Award is a prestigious honor awarded annually. The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price by Dr. Rae Linda Brown received an honorable mention for the award in 2022. The award committee completed its citation of the book the following: "With this award, we recognize the many ways in which the author and her subject have, in Brown’s own words, 'sought to quietly articulate the undeniable role that black women have played in private and public African American life and culture' and American musical life at large.”
In Memoriam from University of California Academic Senate
Michael Dessen, an Associate Professor and the Robert and Marjorie Rawlins Chair of Music from The University of California Senate wrote an In Memoriam article to honor Dr. Rae Linda Brown's passing in August 2017. Dr. Brown worked as a professor of music at the University of California, Irvine for a long and impactful time. "Given that African American women are profoundly under-represented among academic faculty and administrators, she was a groundbreaker in our field and surely faced countless challenges that many of us cannot fully comprehend ... All of us whose lives were touched by Dr. Brown are saddened by this loss, and profoundly grateful for her critical contributions to our field."