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Interview with Anthony “Tony” W. Brown as part of the Nash County Cultural Center Oral History Project. Brown (born 9/15/52) speaks about integration; discusses his path from attending all-Black schools in Nash County to becoming a lawyer. He says he grew up in Castalia, NC and attended Cedar Grove Elementary in Nashville, NC. He went to high school at Nash Central during the “freedom of choice” period; opted to stay at the all-Black school in which he was already enrolled, as it provided a smaller, more nurturing environment which served him well. Forced integration began in what would’ve been Brown’s senior year, which he skipped upon being offered a scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He received a BA degree in 1973 at the age of 20. Brown then received a master’s degree in Political Science after studying at the University of Arkansas, and an exchange program in Oxfordshire, England. After working as a juvenile court counselor in Nash County from 1974-76, he attended law school at UNC, receiving a JD degree in 1979. Brown worked on the Governor’s Advocacy Council on Children and Youth until 1981, when he started a private practice in Oxford, NC with Floyd McKissick. He discusses racial inequalities within the legal system, and speaks about ways in which integration failed to achieve its intended purpose. At the time of the interview, Brown mentions that he is a partner at the law firm of Perry and Brown. He speaks briefly about his mother, a teacher in Nash County, as well as about his wife and children. He speaks on the importance of faith in his life and describes the services at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, where he has been a member for years.

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