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Robert J. Brown Oral History Interview

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Created by:
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009  Search this
Interview of:
Robert J. Brown, American, born 1935  Search this
Interviewed by:
David P. Cline Ph. D., American, born 1969  Search this
Subject of:
B&C Associates, Inc., American, founded 1960  Search this
President Richard M. Nixon, American, 1913 - 1994  Search this
Nelson Mandela, South African, 1918 - 2013  Search this
Duration: 2 hr., 10 min., 28 sec.
Total: 217.81 MB
video recordings
oral histories
digital media - born digital
Place collected:
High Point, Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
New York, United States, North and Central America
South Africa, Africa
October 1, 2013
The oral history consists of eleven digital files: 2011.174.106.1a, 2011.174.106.1b, 2011.174.106.1c, 2011.174.106.1d, 2011.174.106.1e, 2011.174.106.1f, 2011.174.106.1g, 2011.174.106.1h, 2011.174.106.1i, 2011.174.106.1j, and 2011.174.106.1k.
Robert Brown describes his childhood in High Point, North Carolina, the poverty and segregation that defined his childhood, and how his grandmother influenced him by telling stories about his family's history during slavery. Brown became one of the first black policemen in High Point and later transitioned to a position as a federal agent in New York. He returned to North Carolina in 1960 to start a public relations firm, B&C Associates, Inc., which advised companies about how to change policies on race and segregation. Brown also shares stories about serving as a special assistant to President Richard Nixon and his role in bringing attention to apartheid in South Africa through his relationship with Nelson Mandela and his family.
LOC ID: afc2010039_crhp0106
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Africa  Search this
American South  Search this
Business  Search this
Civil Rights  Search this
Families  Search this
Race relations  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Social reform  Search this
U.S. History, 1953-1961  Search this
U.S. History, 1961-1969  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Civil Rights History Project
Media Arts-Film and Video
Civil Rights Movement
Anti-apartheid movements
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture