Oral History Interview: Brown, William Neal, 2005-02-25

Item

Title

Oral History Interview: Brown, William Neal, 2005-02-25

Interviewee

Brown, William Neal

Birth Year

1919

Birth Place

Georgia - Warrenton

Interviewer

Illingworth, Shaun
Mueller, Allison
Palma, Fernando

Location of interview

Millburn, NJ

Date Created

25 February 2005

Description

Dr. Brown was born in Warrenton, Georgia, in 1919. He grew up in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania as the oldest of six siblings. He attended Hampton Institute and graduated in 1941 with a English and History major. A volunteer for the Army Air Force, he attended Officer Candidate School in Miami Beach and then volunteered to be trained at Tuskegee Air Field. He served as a special services officer with the 618th Bomb Squadron in the American Theater of Operations. After the war he attended Columbia University with the help of the GI Bill and he graduated in 1950. He was hired as the first African-American Professor at Rutgers University in 1956. He worked at the School of Social Work for 33 years. There were many highlights of Dr. Brown’s Academic career, but one that especially stands out was his debate at Rutgers with Malcolm X at the Rutgers School of Pharmacy.

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Collection

Rutgers Oral History Archives (ROHA)

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Rights

Permission to quote from this transcript must be obtained from the Rutgers Oral History Archives.

Identifier

ROHA-Brown