Interview: Brown, William Neal, 2005

Item

Resource class
Interview
Title
Interview: Brown, William Neal, 2005
Type
Interview
Interviewee
Brown, William Neal
Birth Year
1919
Birth Place
Warrenton, Georgia
Interviewer
Illingworth, Shaun
Mueller, Allison
Palma, Fernando
Location Created
Millburn, New Jersey
Date Created
25 February 2005
Abstract
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.
Repository
Rutgers Oral History Archives (ROHA) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Rights
Permission to quote from this transcript must be obtained from the Rutgers Oral History Archives.
Identifier
ROHA-Brown

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