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Re: “Dermott School District begins staff cuts

I want to clarify what I meant by this. Mrs Brown was a tireless advocate for equal rights for everyone. What I was saying in the context of what I write was that she had nothing to do with advocating a SEPARATE but "EQUAL" solution to the homecoming queen "dilemma" the school found it self in. So please don't interpret my poorly worded sentence out of context. Mrs Brown had EVERYTHING to do with fighting for equal treatment of all people. She had more energy doing it at 82 than any other person in Dermott and I'm shocked that I can find nothing on the web memorializing her tireless contributions to everybody in this town. She was like an iceberg, for everyone you saw her help there were the %80 she helped quietly and privately. If there's a heaven, She's in it.

"Evangeline K Brown. had Everything to do with giving blacks equal representation"
(but not separate].

Posted by Brian Myers on 04/22/2013 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Dermott School District begins staff cuts

The two homecoming queen system was NOT started by Evangeline K Brown. I was living with Ms Brown at the time and working as a vista worker in "Dermot concerned citizens"

I was in the office one day and I had built a relationship with a lot of the kids at school helping them with problems, hosting dances and such. One afternoon about four of them came to me quite troubled that there was to be changes made at the homecoming dance. It has been quite a while but as I recall it was tradition that the captain of the football team would escort the homecoming queen. This just happened to be the first year that the Captain was black and the Queen was white.

Apparently this could not be tolerated, the kids were fine with it, they had grown up together, played ball, etc.. but were upset by the school systems reaction.
I had a meeting with several kids, both black and white who were embarrassed by
the reaction of their "elders". First the school proposed the two homecoming queen
nonsense. When that did not go over the school proposed that the Girl bring her Dad
and the Captain his Mom, any solution that would not require the pairing of black and white. I went to the high school library and looked at every yearbook they had, over thirty years of them and it had ALWAYS been done the same way.

I went over all of the facts with Ms. Brown, they were undeniably racist. Although it was not her way but mine, I made up many posters proclaiming "Jim Crow is Dead!"
and I put them on every car downtown, any tree, and anyplace I could find. On the poster it listed the facts and the only conclusion that could be arrived at. It was only about three days before the first attempt was made on my life, followed by a couple more. It was decided by the Vista folks in Little rock that I best be removed from the situation.

SO PLEASE! Don't spout as Fact what you don't know. Evangeline K Brown. had NOTHING to do with giving blacks equal representation. In fact Ms. Brown was keenly aware that the public school would become more and more black as the money given to the "Black" schools to keep them from attending the public schools dried up.
I lived with her for a year and I learned a lot from her. She was one of a kind and deserves to have an honest legacy.

Here's to Freddy and Margaret, The other lovely ladies of "Dermott Concerned Citizens"

Brian C Myers
bcmyers@gmail.com

Posted by Brian Myers on 07/30/2011 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Dermott School District begins staff cuts

The two homecoming queen system was NOT started by Evangeline K Brown. I was living with Ms Brown at the time and working as a vista worker in "Dermot concerned citizens"

I was in the office one day and I had built a relationship with a lot of the kids at school helping them with problems, hosting dances and such. One afternoon about four of them came to me quite troubled that there was to be changes made at the homecoming dance. It has been quite a while but as I recall it was tradition that the captain of the football team would escort the homecoming queen. This just happened to be the first year that the Captain was black and the Queen was white.

Apparently this could not be tolerated, the kids were fine with it, they had grown up together, played ball, etc.. but were upset by the school systems reaction.
I had a meeting with several kids, both black and white who were embarrassed by
the reaction of their "elders". First the school proposed the two homecoming queen
nonsense. When that did not go over the school proposed that the Girl bring her Dad
and the Captain his Mom, any solution that would not require the pairing of black and white. I went to the high school library and looked at every yearbook they had, over thirty years of them and it had ALWAYS been done the same way.

I went over all of the facts with Ms. Brown, they were undeniably racist. Although it was not her way but mine, I made up many posters proclaiming "Jim Crow is Dead!"
and I put them on every car downtown, any tree, and anyplace I could find. On the poster it listed the facts and the only conclusion that could be arrived at. It was only about three days before the first attempt was made on my life, followed by a couple more. It was decided by the Vista folks in Little rock that I best be removed from the situation.

SO PLEASE! Don't spout as Fact what you don't know. Evangeline K Brown. had NOTHING to do with giving blacks equal representation. In fact Ms. Brown was keenly aware that the public school would become more and more black as the money given to the "Black" schools to keep them from attending the public schools dried up.
I lived with her for a year and I learned a lot from her. She was one of a kind and deserves to have a honest legacy.

Here's to Freddy and Margaret, The other lovely ladies of "Dermott Concerned Citizens"

Brian C Myers
bcmyers@gmail.com

Posted by Brian Myers on 07/30/2011 at 4:27 PM
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