We Celebrate Black History Month 2009
Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr: Tuskegee Airman and President Emeritus, Bronx Community College, CUNY
Dr. Brown has received numerous awards and honors for scholarly and community activities, among them the NAACP Freedom Award, the Congressional Award for Service to the African-American Community, and the Distinguished Alumnus Awards from his alma-maters—New York University and Springfield College. He has been inducted into the National Association for Sports and Physical Education Hall of Fame, and has received honorary doctorates from Springfield College, the University of the State of New York, and the Regents of the State of New York.
Active in the arts and media, Dr. Brown has hosted numerous television programs, including “Black Letters “ (WCBS-TV), In recent years, Dr. Brown has been Executive Producer and host of the television series, “African-American Legends “ airing on CUNY TV.
Dr. Brown, a former Army Air Force Captain, commanded the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group (the “Tuskegee Airmen “) in World War II, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters. He is credited with being the first 15th Air Force fighter pilot to shoot down a German jet fighter, and has been honored by the Intrepid Air-Space Museum in New York City for his outstanding leadership as Squadron Commander.
An avid runner who has completed the New York City Marathon nine times, Dr. Brown is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among Black Americans, and Who’s Who in American Education.#