October 20 2008
Charles Brown, director of the African American Cultural Center and this year's Grand Parade Marshall, has spent the past 30 years working to expand multiculturalism and diversity at Indiana State.
Brown, who was a student at ISU at the end of the Civil Rights Movement, witnessed the campus grow in terms of cultural diversity and racial acceptance.
"Today's students interact across cultural and racial lines," he said.
Interacting with students and staff are the most enjoyable part of his job, according to Brown.
In 1979 Brown assumed the title of director of the Cultural Center.
"That was the highlight of my career," he said. "I've been honored to be apart of the Center's growth and evolution."
Under his watchful eye and caring touch, Brown increased the Center's library and art collections, guided the Ebony Majestic Choir, served as a parental figure to thousands of students and been responsible for on-going programs such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner, Miss Ebony Pageant, and the Black Leadership Conference.
Over the years, Brown's service to the University has gone beyond the African-American Cultural Center. He has been the faculty advisor to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Angels Little Sisters Organization, Indiana State Soul Revue and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Brown was the founder and advisor to the Black Student Organization and the ISU Black Greek Council and serves as the advisor to the Black Student Union. From 1971-78, Brown was a vocalist in the Indiana State Jazz Ensemble and served as a charter member of the ISU Friends of Jazz.
Homecoming has a special place in Brown's memory.
"It's one of the biggest and best Homecomings I've been a part of," he said. "The African American Cultural Center has for many years sponsored a dance where students and alumni can get to know each other."
"Between the parade and the tailgate party out at Memorial Stadium where alumni can visit the Center's tent and hear the Ebony Majestic Choir, it pure excitement."
After being a part of 30 years of Homecomings, this one will be extra special.
"It is a privilege to serve as Homecoming Parade Marshall," Brown said.
Brown earned two degrees from Indiana State -- a bachelor's degree in English in 1976 and a master's degree in public administration in 1992. He and his wife, Scotia, have been married 30 years and have three children -- Charles, Camille and Channon.
The Blue & White Parade, slated to start at 10 a.m. on Oct. 25, will begin at Seventh and Cherry streets and proceed west on Wabash to Fifth Street; and north on Fifth Street to Tippecanoe Street.
2008 ISU Homecoming
"Red, WHITE, GO BLUE! Freedom Rings at ISU!"
Monday, October 20
Blood Drive 2-7 pm Dede II
Tuesday, October 21
Blood Drive 10 am- 3 pm Dede II
*Stompin' 7 pm Tilson Auditorium
Wednesday, October 22
Hanging of the Blue Residence Halls
Torchlight Parade 6:30 pm Dede Plaza
Pep Rally 7:30 p.m. South Gym
Thursday, October 23
Bingo and movie "Swing Vote" 9 pm Dedes
(Sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and the Homecoming Committee)
Friday, October 24
Sycamore Spirit Days (wear blue and white)
*Sycamore Tricycle Race 4:30 pm Recreation East
+Late Night Dance 10 pm HMSU Commons
(Sponsored by Pan-Hellenic Council, Black Student Union and NAACP)
Saturday, October 25
Blue and White Homecoming Parade 10 am Seventh and Cherry down Wabash Avenue to Fifth Street, ending at Tippecanoe
+Football Game 2:05 pm Memorial Stadium
* Homecoming Button required
For more information about ISU Homecoming activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812.237.3852.
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Contact: Freda Luers, Associate Director, Student Activities and Organizations, 812.237.3852 or email@example.com
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana State University will celebrate freedom and will honor a longtime staff member for his accomplishments during 2008 Homecoming festivities now through Oct. 25.