Robert J. Brown Oral History Interview

Created by
Civil Rights History Project, American, founded 2009
Interview of
Brown, Robert J., American, born 1935
Interviewed by
Cline, David P. Ph. D., American, born 1969
Subject of
B&C Associates, Inc., American, founded 1960
President Richard M. Nixon, American, 1913 - 1994
Mandela, Nelson, South African, 1918 - 2013
Medium
digital
Dimensions
Duration: 02:10:28
Type
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
Date
October 1, 2013
Description
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
Topic
African American
Activism
Africa
American South
Business
Civil rights
Families
Race relations
Segregation
Slavery
Social reform
United States--History--1953-1961
United States--History--1961-1969
United States--History--1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in partnership with the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Object number
2011.174.106.1a-k
Restrictions & Rights
© Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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Collection title
Civil Rights History Project
Classification
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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