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Brown, Wesley , 1987 October 27

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Scope and Contents

Novelist and playwright Wesley Brown lectured at the University of Connecticut on October 27, 1987 (2015-0002/RR112). Leon Bailey introduces Wesley Brown whose lecture focused on his personal journey that shaped him as a person and how those experiences shaped him as a writer. He was involved in the Civil Rights movement in the early 1960s. He has come to realize what drew him to this insurgency in the country was how the Black people looked like members of his family and how eloquently and articulately they spoke about what was happening to them. If you can explain the events, you have some control and power over those events. This realization had a profound impact on him.


  • 1987 October 27

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Biographical / Historical

Novelist and playwright Wesley Brown was born in 1945 in New York City. He graduated from State University of New York, Oswego and The City College of the City University of New York. He has taught at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, Rutgers University from 1979-2005, and has been teaching at Bard College since 2007. His plays and novels include Tragic Magic, Boogie Woogie and Booker T, Life During Wartime, Darktown Strutters, A Prophet Among Them, Push Comes to Shove, Dark Meat and a Funny Mind and Dance of the Infidels. Brown has been an editor for Imagining America, Visions of America, and The Teachers and Writers Guide to Frederick Douglass.



1 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recording) : RR 112 1 reel, 1:19:38; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

Language of Materials

From the Series: English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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