The Harold K. Brown Papers (1956-2000) document Brown's participation in the local Civil Rights Movement, his dedication to community economic development,
and his professional life, with a heavy emphasis on the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Brown's role in the School Integration
Task Force, and his involvement with the Black Economic Development Task Force. Highlights include the Congress of Racial
Equality's actions against the employment practices of the San Diego Zoo, SDG&E, Montgomery Ward, and Bank of America. Filed
alphabetically by folder description, the collection consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, slides, reel-to-reels
of the "Viewpoint" program on KSDO Radio, and photographs. In addition, the collection's extensive newspaper clippings include
articles from and full issues of The Voice, The San Diego Light House, the San Diego Monitor, and Logan Heights' Independent. The majority of materials date from 1963 to 1966, and the mid-1990s.
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
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