From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Brown, Curlee Sr.

(born: 1909  -  died: 1976) 

Curlee Brown, Sr. was a civil rights leader in Paducah, KY.  He served as the President of the Paducah NAACP Office for more than 30 years, and he also had served as Vice President of the Kentucky NAACP. In the 1950s, Curlee Brown, Sr. led in the efforts to integrate public accommodations and the schools in Paducah, KY, and he won the lawsuit to integrate Paducah Junior College (now West Kentucky Community and Technical College). Curlee Brown, Sr. was born in Hollandale, Mississippi, and his family later moved to Paducah. Named in his honor are the Kentucky NAACP Curlee Brown Scholarship, and the Paducah NAACP Curlee Brown Award.  Curlee Brown, Sr. was a graduate of Western Kentucky Industrial College, and attended Western Kentucky Vocational School where he studied carpentry and cabinet-making. Both of the schools were in Paducah, KY and have since been merged into what is now West Kentucky Community and Technical College. Curlee Brown, Sr. was the son of Dave and Dora Brown, both of whom was born in Louisiana [source: 1910 U.S. Federal Census].

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