Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, director of the Center for Urban Education Policy at the Graduate Center, will receive a Lifetime Leadership Award on April 20 at the 2013 Annual Spring Scholarship and Leadership Awards Luncheon, hosted by the Community Council for Medgar Evers College, a not-for-profit organization, which has provided over $200,000 in scholarships. This achievement recognizes Brown’s significant contributions to academia and beyond.
Brown, a celebrated member of the GC’s faculty for twenty years, served as commander of the famous World War II 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen. The segregated squadron inspired George Lucas’ Red Tails, and Brown served as the primary historical consultant for the film. In recognition of his valiant heroics in the war, Brown was awarded, along with three hundred other Tuskegee Airmen, a Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. The medal, the highest civilian award, was one of many honors conferred upon Brown, from the prestigious Air Medal to the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is awarded to those who demonstrate extraordinary heroism in aerial flight.
The Lifetime Achievement Award not only honors Brown’s military past but his continuing involvement in academia. The legendary airman received his Ph.D. from New York University, where he taught for twenty-five years before serving as president of Bronx Community College, CUNY, from 1977 to 1993. His career continued within CUNY at the Graduate Center, where he founded the Center for Urban Education Policy in 1993. Throughout his distinguished service to CUNY, Brown has focused on parental involvement in school reform and other social and political issues that impassion him. His research has been published in numerous scholarly journals and books. In the past, he hosted Black Arts, for which he was awarded an Emmy, and he currently hosts the popular series African-American Legends on CUNY-TV.
Considered a brilliant professional in education, Brown continues to spearhead both scholarly and community projects. His outstanding display of leadership has been recognized by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; the National Association for Sports; the Physical Education Hall of Fame; the Boys and Girls Clubs of America; the Jackie Robinson Foundation; and Libraries for the Future.