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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sag Harbor in Long Island, New York
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1922
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Tuskegee Airman

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Brown
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Sag Harbor in Long Island, New York
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/9/1922
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., was born March 9,1922, in Washington, D.C. Brown was the youngest of two children, his father working as a public health specialist and his mother as a teacher. After graduating from Springfield College in 1943, Brown joined the Air Force, where he served as one of the Tuskegee Airmen. During World War II, he served as a squadron commander and received the Distinguished Flying Cross. Returning after the war in 1946, Brown attended New York University, where he earned an M.A. in 1949 and a Ph.D. in 1951.

Before Brown earned his master's degree, he worked as a social investigator with the New York City Department of Welfare and as an instructor in physical education at West Virginia State College until 1948. While working on his doctorate in 1950, he became the director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs and a professor of education at New York University, where he remained for the next twenty-seven years. In 1977, Brown was named president of Bronx Community College, a part of the City University of New York (CUNY), and continued there until 1993. Brown served as director of the Center for Urban Education Policy at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY.

Brown was active with a number of organizations, including more than thirty years of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He was also active with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Libraries for the Future, among many others. Brown was also a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Active in the media, as well, Brown hosted the television program, African American Legends, and he won the 1973 Emmy Award for Distinguished Program with his weekly series Black Arts. He published numerous articles and contributed to several books, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the New York City Treasure Centennial Honor from the Museum of the City of New York and the Humanitarian Award from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Brown also completed nine New York City marathons. He had four children.

Brown passed away on July 2, 2016 at age 94.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Roscoe C. Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Roscoe C. Brown lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Roscoe C. Brown describes the class distinctions within the African American community in Washington, D.C. during the 1920s and 1930s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his father's work in the National Negro Health Movement, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his father's work in the National Negro Health Movement, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Roscoe C. Brown describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his mother's activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about the expectations for himself and his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about 'Amos 'n' Andy' and other shows based on stereotypes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Roscoe C. Brown describes his childhood neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about how his childhood was structured and remembers family activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roscoe C. Brown describes his family trips to the South
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roscoe C. Brown recalls his time at Blanche K. Bruce Elementary School in Washington, D.C. and a childhood friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his childhood membership to the 12th Street YMCA in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roscoe C. Brown describes his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his father's prominence as a member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Black Cabinet
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about attending Camp Atwater
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about summer camps attended by African Americans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his activities at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. and entering Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Roscoe C. Brown describes the competitive academic environment at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his father and other African Americans in the Black Cabinet under President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his experience at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about black student enrollment at Oberlin College and Springfield College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about why he began playing lacrosse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his experience in Springfield, Massachusetts during college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about attending summer military camp
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roscoe C. Brown remembers his post-secondary studies and his interest in merging teaching and health
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Roscoe C. Brown recalls enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Forces
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Roscoe C. Brown explains the Tuskegee Airmen's most significant contribution to World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Roscoe C. Brown remembers several missions completed by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Roscoe C. Brown remembers several missions completed by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roscoe C. Brown considers the source of his professional ambitions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roscoe C. Brown recalls being discriminated against as he applied for a job after returning home from service in World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his career trajectory after exiting the service and earning his Ph.D.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about completing his Ph.D. degree at New York University and the birth of his twin sons in 1951
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roscoe C. Brown recalls prominent African Americans in New York and at New York University in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about leveraging the murder of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to boost black student enrollment at New York University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about the decrease in black professors at New York University since his time there
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about the number of black alumni from New York University as compared to those from HBCUs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about developing curriculum on African American history
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roscoe C. Brown recalls how he became president of Bronx Community College in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Roscoe C. Brown details the history of community colleges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about trends in higher education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Roscoe C. Brown describes the work that needs to be done to improve higher education
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about coalition politics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his writing and describes the Negro Almanac
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Roscoe C. Brown talks about his black culture quiz and the necessity of context beyond stand-alone facts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Roscoe C. Brown describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Roscoe C. Brown reflects upon the factors that contributed to his success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Roscoe C. Brown reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Roscoe C. Brown reflects upon how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Roscoe C. Brown narrates his photographs