Son of Tenant Farmers

The Journey

by Cecil A. Brown



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/7/2019

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781480877306
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 190
ISBN : 9781480877290

About the Book

Cecil A. Brown was born in the rural South seventeen days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor to a family of tenant farmers.

Growing up, his family did it all: the planting, harvesting, and marketing. The landowner provided the land and took a significant portion of any proceeds.

Somehow, Brown’s parents sent all nine of their children to college, with the author earning a bachelor of science in agricultural education and a master’s degree in counseling. In this memoir, he recalls what it was like growing up amid racism and segregation.

At one point, he was paid less than two fellow white employees because he had graduated from a historically black university.

Another time, he was told by a white man that there were no blacks in the South qualified for a promotion, but perhaps there were some in New York.

Join the author as he examines our not-so-distant racist past, and how he overcame racism, anxiety, and alcohol abuse to live a life filled with meaning and love.

About the Author

Cecil A. Brown earned a bachelor of science in agricultural education and a master’s degree in education administration from North Carolina A&T State University. He started his career in youth development in Union County, Monroe, North Carolina, followed by Greensboro, and he’s also worked in urban development in High Point, North Carolina; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Durham, North Carolina. His last job was that of a caregiver for his wife of fifty-five years.