George Brown And The Civil Rights Movement

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Memphis had done well in comparison to other major cities that harbored the violence the civil rights movement had brought. However, blacks within Memphis felt that their rights were just as limited as they had been for a long time, and that the action that had been taken had only brushed the surface of what needed to be addressed in terms of rights for African Americans (137 Memphis Black and White). The integration of schools was a vital piece of educational equality for blacks, because many African Americans in the community were not getting as good of an education as whites in the community. During slavery, slaves knew that education was their ticket to freedom, and historically black colleges and universities began to be created (Historically …show more content…
George Brown was born in 1939, and grew up in Memphis during the civil rights movement. He attended Booker T. Washington High School, and attended Florida A&M, a well-known HBCU, and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science. Although George Brown grew up through segregated times and the civil rights movement, he didn’t participate in any sit-ins or marches. It wasn’t because he didn’t want to, but because he knew that if he had been arrested, all of his hard work that he had placed towards his education and a successful future would be gone. He used his intelligence as his weapon during the civil rights movement, and worked hard at what he did. He attended Howard University in Washington D.C. for his graduate degree and studied law. He returned to Memphis, and served three terms on the Memphis City Schools Board of Education as Chairman in 1974 and Vice-Chairman in 1973 and 1978. In 1979, he received the Sam Myar Memorial Award for his outstanding work in the legal profession and the community. He became a lawyer and was a member on the executive board of the NAACP, along with the deputy area director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. At age forty, George Brown became the first black man in history to serve on the Tennessee Supreme Court, and was appointed by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander to

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