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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player
Basketball Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Live It, Love It, And Make The Best Of It.

Birthplace

Born:
2/24/1936
Birth Location:
Canton, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Basketball Player
Basketball Official

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Live It, Love It, And Make The Best Of It.

Birthplace

Born:
2/24/1936
Birth Location:
Canton
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Biography

Charles “Sweet Charlie” Brown was born in Canton, Mississippi, on February 24, 1936. Brown's parents, Ruby McClure Brown and Reginald Brown, Sr., moved to Chicago when Brown was still young, and playing basketball in Washington Park became the center of his activity. After attending grade school at Betsey Ross, Brown went on to attend DuSable High School.

In 1954, along with teammates Karl Dennis, Bobby Jackson, Paxton Lumpkin, and Shellie McMillon, Brown was part of the DuSable Panthers basketball team, which became the first all-black team to reach the finals of the Illinois state high school basketball championship. The Panthers finished second that season, with their only loss coming in the final game. Following high school, Brown briefly attended Indiana University before transferring to Seattle University; there, he joined basketball legend Elgin Baylor on the court, and Brown’s game winning shot against UCLA in the Elite Eight propelled Seattle to the Final Four in the 1958 NCAA tournament. The following year, Brown was named as an All-American.

Following his graduation from college, Brown played in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) on teams in Seattle and Chicago. Following his retirement from basketball, Brown worked as a community relations executive for the Jewel Grocery Corporation. He has since retired, but his passion for basketball remains. In 1994, Brown officiated over the Class AA Illinois state championship game, and the assignment director of referees for the Chicago Public League. In 1995, Lettuce Entertain You and Rich Melman began funding a senior basketball tournament, now known as the Windy City Shootout; Brown served as the president from the beginning of the tournament, which was aimed at players fifty and older from around North America.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Charles Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Charles Brown lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Charles Brown talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Charles Brown explains why his maternal family left Mississippi and moved to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Charles Brown talks about his father and lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Charles Brown describes his father's family background and his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Charles Brown describes his earliest childhood memories of playing in Washington Park in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Charles Brown describes his earliest childhood memories of playing in Washington Park in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Charles Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Charles Brown talks about his early education at home and at Betsy Ross Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Charles Brown explains why he attended Dusable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Charles Brown talks about his favorite subject at Betsy Ross Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Charles Brown describes his activities at Betsy Ross Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Charles Brown compares class elections at Betsy Ross Elementary School to Democratic machine politics in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Charles Brown recalls his teachers at Betsy Ross Elementary School and DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Charles Brown recalls how he first began playing basketball during his time at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Charles Brown recalls playing basketball at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Charles Brown recalls the limited opportunities to play organized basketball as a child in Chicago, Illinois in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Charles Brown recalls his local sports heroes who went on to have professional careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Charles Brown recalls trying other sports such as football and wrestling
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Charles Brown talks about his jump shot
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Charles Brown describes the basketball position he played at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Charles Brown lists the players on the 1953 and 1954 DuSable High School basketball teams, and other good basketball teams in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Charles Brown recalls the DuSable High School basketball team's opponents in the Chicago Public School Athletic League
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Charles Brown talks about the restrictions against African Americans playing division one college basketball in the 1950s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Charles Brown talks about the Seattle University vs. the University of Kentucky 1958 NCAA Championship Game
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Charles Brown recalls the career of professional basketball player Bob Boozer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Charles Brown talks about facing discrimination in travel accommodations while playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Charles Brown recalls playing against white teams with hostile fans in high school and college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Charles Brown talks about lessons he learned for navigating tense interactions in various situations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Charles Brown recalls the 1954 Illinois boys state basketball championship game, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Charles Brown recalls the 1954 Illinois boys state basketball championship game, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Charles Brown reflects upon the officiating in the 1954 Illinois boys state basketball Championship game
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Charles Brown talks about his knee injury and recovering from his knee surgery
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Charles Brown talks about his career after he stopped playing basketball
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Charles Brown talks about officiating youth basketball
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Charles Brown explains the origins of the Windy City Shootout, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Charles Brown explains the origins of the Windy City Shootout, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Charles Brown remembers the first Windy City Shootout tournament in 1990
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Charles Brown talks about the Windy City Shootout and continuing to play basketball as a senior citizen
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Charles Brown explains how players are assigned to teams in the Windy City Senior Basketball League
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Charles Brown reflects upon the U.S. Men's Basketball Team's loss in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Charles Brown describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Charles Brown reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Charles Brown reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Charles Brown lists his children and grandchild
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Charles Brown describes how he would like to be remembered