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Title: Harold K. Brown Papers, 1956-2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: MS-0436
Extent: 4.59 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1963-1965, 1990s
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Born in 1934 and the youngest of seven siblings, Harold Brown, also known as Hal, grew up in York, Pennsylvania, a small working-class town.  After graduating high school, Brown attended Penn State, but left after his first semester in order to play minor league baseball with the St. Louis Browns.  After sustaining an injury, Brown moved to San Diego in 1953 to attend San Diego State College on a basketball scholarship.  His studies were interrupted by two years of military service, but he returned to SDSC and finished his degree in physical education and speech.  Upon graduating in 1961, Brown began a six-year teaching career at a local junior high school.  During this time, he also became extremely active in the San Diego Civil Rights Movement.  Brown was also a member of the El Cajon Valley Open Housing Committee, which sought to integrate neighborhoods in El Cajon and La Mesa.  In addition, he helped to found and chair the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).  This organization fought unfair employment practices, and organized civil rights marches, demonstrations and sit-ins across San Diego. 

Later, Brown became the Deputy Director for the US Peace Corps in Lesotho.  In 1971, he returned from Africa and became California State University's Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant to the Vice President for Administration, making him the first African-American administrator at San Diego State.  Later, he was the Associate Dean of Planning and Director of the Afro-American Studies Program, which he helped to establish.  He hired many of the department's faculty and helped create the program's curriculum.  In 1973, he was appointed Director of Campus Information Systems.  Afterward, he became the Associate Dean for External Relations in the College of Business Administration.  As Associate Dean, he developed a certificate program in community economic development and founded the Center for Community Economic Development (CCED). The purpose of the program was to create economic self-reliance in poorer communities, such as southeast San Diego, by offering classes in accounting, computers, financial planning, and leadership.  The CCED also provided resources and consulting for community groups.  It was one of only a handful of such programs in the United States.  Brown retired in 1997, but continued consulting until 2004.  Harold Brown has been the recipient of numerous awards both for his service to the university and to the community.

Author: Amanda Lanthorne
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Filed alphabetically by folder description.
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Acquired: 03/22/2010.
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in these materials have been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Harold K. Brown
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Harold K. Brown Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
Other Note: Materials in this collection were processed with a generous donation from Harold K. Brown.
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