Professor, poet, and literary critic Dr. Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989) was born and raised in the Washington, D.C area. He grew up on a farm in Howard County, Maryland; and attended Waterford Oaks Elementary, Dunbar High School, Williams College in Massachusetts, and Harvard University. He married Daisy Turnbull in 1927. Brown taught at Howard University, Fisk University, Vassar College, New York University, Atlanta University, Yale University, and Virginia Theological Seminary and College in Lynchburg, Virginia. His studies and poetry focused on black history and culture of the Southern United States.
Dr. Sterling Brown talks about growing up in Washington, D.C., his educational background, his career as a teacher and writer, what he has learned in this life, his poetic influences, and his poetry. Dr. Brown reads his poetry, including Old Lem. Zora Martin-Felton provides introduction.
Lecture and poetry reading. AV003081: Part 1. AV003570: Part 2. Part of ACM Museum Events, PR, and Ceremonies Recordings. Dated 19720303.
Black Perspective Series: Sterling Brown, Record Group AV09-023, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution