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San Diego State University


Harold Brown

harold brownThe first African American to attain administrative rank at SDSU was Harold Brown (Class of`59) who during his student years here was president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the first black fraternity on campus chartered in 1951; a star basketball player who also lettered in baseball; and a member of Blue Key and the Wesley Foundation. As upper division student council representative, he fought to end discriminatory practices of fraternities and sororities. In the early 1960s Brown headed the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and was jailed repeatedly for demonstrating against discriminatory hiring at the Bank of America. He worked as a school teacher, Peace Corps officer, banker, and earned his MBA at Fordham University before returning to SDSU in 1971 as assistant to the vice president which entailed supervision of the new Afro-American Studies program and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Currently retired, he was also Director of Community Economic Development (CED) in the College of Business Administration. Brown has been heavily involved in organizations that have assisted in the economic growth of Southeast San Diego. In 1997 he was elected president of the annual Holiday Bowl football game. Learn about the Harold K. Brown Civil Rights Exhibit at SDSU. Listen to the Oral History of Harold K. Brown