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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Chocolate, Orange juice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Wow! Gosh!

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1942
Birth Location:
Norfolk, Virginia

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Telecommunications Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream, Chocolate, Orange juice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda, Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
Wow! Gosh!

Birthplace

Born:
11/5/1942
Birth Location:
Norfolk
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Biography

Communications attorney and broadcasting executive Tyrone Brown was born in Norfolk, Virginia on November 5, 1942. He graduated from East Orange High School in New Jersey in 1960. Brown received his A.B. degree from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1964. He went on to earn his L.L.B. degree from Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York in 1967. During that year, Brown also served as a law clerk to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren.

From 1968 to 1970, Brown worked as an associate with the Washington D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling. He was also a special investigator for the President's Commission on Campus Unrest in 1970. From 1970 to 1971, he served as assistant to Senator Edmund S. Muskie, then as staff director of the Intergovernmental Relations Subcommittee of the Senate Government Operations Committee. Brown then served as director and vice president for legal affairs of Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Brown to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to succeed Benjamin Hooks, the second African American appointed to the United States government regulatory agency. Brown worked as a commissioner with the FCC for three years before stepping down in 1981. He returned to private practice law when he worked for the firms Steptoe & Johnson and Wiley Rein, LLP. After teaching journalism classes at Duke University, Brown headed the Media Access Project, a non-profit, public interest law firm and advocacy organization working in communications policy. In 2009, Brown became the founding member and vice chairman of the board for IRIDIUM Satellite LLC. Brown has also served as principal outside counsel for Black Entertainment Television (BET).

Brown is former chair of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and a director of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. He has been featured in Ebony, Jet and Black Enterprise magazines.

Tyrone Brown was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 5, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tyrone Brown's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown talks about his maternal family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown talks about his maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown describes his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about the origin of him and his siblings' names
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown talks about his paternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown talks about his paternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tyrone Brown remembers visiting Courtland, Virginia as an adult
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tyrone Brown talks about his paternal family's land being reverted by escheat
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tyrone Brown describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown remembers his father losing his patience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown remembers the sole time he saw his father intoxicated
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown remembers migrating north to Orange Valley, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown describes the jobs he and his brother had as children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown describes skipping multiple grades in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown remembers getting into fights as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown talks about growing up near the family of HistoryMaker Dionne Warwick
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown describes changing schools in the seventh grade and attending high school briefly in Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown describes his favorite junior high school teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown describes his experience at East Orange High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown describes his close relationship with a high school math teacher and applying to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown describes the student body at East Orange High School and at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Tyrone Brown talks about being a first-generation college student
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown describes his experience as a student at East Orange High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown describes his experience as a student at East Orange High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown describes his high school social life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown describes his extracurricular activities at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown talks about fraternities at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about his brother's open heart surgery and suicide, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown talks about his brother's open heart surgery and suicide, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown talks about Robert Parris Moses
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown remembers being asked to join the board of directors at Hamilton College in 1983
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown describes feeling isolated at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown describes the curriculum at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown talks about his childhood experience at St. Matthew's A.M.E. Church in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown describes studying philosophy and religion at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown describes his experience at Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown talks about having an absence of black role models in law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown describes working as a law clerk for Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Tyrone Brown talks about the legacies of Chief Justice Earl Warren and Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown describes arranging for his mother to meet Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown describes his role as the clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren from 1967 to 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown describes working on the 1967 Florida State Prison case, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown describes working on the 1967 Florida State Prison case, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown describes Washington, D.C. after the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown describes meeting President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown remembers Senator Robert F. Kennedy's funeral procession in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown talks about joining the Covington & Burling LLP as an associate
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown remembers the antiwar protests at the National Mall
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown describes leaving Covington & Burling LLP for Senator Edmund Muskie's office
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown describes former Senator Edmund Muskie
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown describes his job as vice president of legal affairs for Post-Newsweek Stations
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown talks about Post-Newsweek's revelation of the man that made an assassination attempt on George Wallace in 1972
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about Max Robinson
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown talks about working as an investigating lawyer for the president's Commission on Campus Unrest
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown remembers visiting Jackson State University after the Jackson State University Shootings in 1970
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown talks about his participation in a forum about Chief Justice Earl Warren's service
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown shares more stories from his time as a vice president of legal affairs at Post-Newsweek Stations
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown describes being at Post-Newsweek Stations during the Watergate hearings
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown describes practicing at the Caplin & Drysdale law firm
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown describes handling an American Civil Liberties Union case against the City of Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown talks about traveling to South Africa as part of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown talks about traveling to South Africa as part of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Tyrone Brown remembers meeting South African activist Steve Biko, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown remembers meeting South African activist Steve Biko, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown talks about white South Africans' perspectives of apartheid
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown remembers staying in a white family's home in South Africa
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown talks about the presidency of Gerald Ford
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown describes how he became a commissioner with the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about the development of the Federal Communications Commission's tax certificate program
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown explains why he was qualified to work as a commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown talks about Ted Turner and the emergence of cable television
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown remembers Ted Turner taking his son to a basketball game
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown describes meeting Robert L. Johnson and HistoryMaker Herbert P. Wilkins, Sr.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown describes how he, Robert L. Johnson and HistoryMaker Herbert P. Wilkins, Sr. won the cable contract for Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown describes fighting an antitrust lawsuit filed after winning the cable contract for Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about renting cable lines from telephone companies
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown talks about convincing the cable industry to invest in urban areas
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown remembers having lunch with Chief Judge David Bazelon
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown talks about Thurgood Marshall
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown talks about his decision to leave the Federal Communications Commission
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown talks about BET's initial public offering
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown talks about his disagreement with Robert L. Johnson
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about the sale of BET to Viacom
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown explains how Robert L. Johnson maintained majority ownership of BET after it had gone public
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown talks about investing in IRIDIUM
  • Tape: 12 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown talks about the use of IRIDIUM phones, pt. 1
  • Tape: 12 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown talks about the use of IRIDIUM phones, pt. 2
  • Tape: 12 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown talks about the Media Access Project
  • Tape: 12 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown talks about teaching journalistic ethics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 12 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown remembers working to improve his children's elementary school
  • Tape: 12 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about his two sons
  • Tape: 12 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown describes meeting his wife
  • Tape: 13 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown talks about his parents in their old age
  • Tape: 13 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown talks about the community basketball game put on by black professionals in Shepherd Park, Washington D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brown talks about the community basketball game put on by black professionals in Shepherd Park, Washington D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 13 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brown talks about the record he set in the triple jump at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
  • Tape: 13 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brown considers his legacy
  • Tape: 13 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brown talks about the Black Heritage Network
  • Tape: 13 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brown describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 13 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brown describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 14 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brown describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 14 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brown narrates his photographs