February 2, 2002 Claude Brown, writer and social commentator, died.
Brown was born February 23, 1937 in New York City. At a young age, he became involved in truancy, stealing, alcohol consumption, and gang wars. After turning his life around, Brown graduated from Howard University in 1965 with a degree in government and business. That same year his autobiography, “Manchild in the Promise Land,” was published. Brown was hailed as a powerful chronicler of the brutal reality of African American urban life in northern cities.
In 1976, Brown published a second book, “Children of Ham,” which explored the lives of several black teenagers from Harlem who escape the clutches of heroin. Brown spent most of his professional life as a lecturer on issues such as at-risk adolescents and criminal justice and rehabilitation.
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