Local NAACP president the Rev. Dan Brown, who worked to help broaden the organization’s impact in the community, died earlier this month in Houston.
Brown’s death on Oct. 3 was announced Thursday in an obituary from Sid Roberts Funeral Home. The longtime preacher and civil rights advocate was 69.
“It’s a real loss. He pulled together the Black & White Gala. That was a real highlight. It was the high point of the NAACP for several years,” said Mike Strong, a member of the organization.
Funeral for Brown is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Power of The Word Ministries, 1501 Industrial Blvd., where he was an associate minister under Pastor Terrance Hicks. Hicks and the Rev. Leonard Sweat will be officiating Brown’s funeral.
“He was passionate about helping others,” said Sweat, a former NAACP president. “He wanted to do the best job that he could to make sure the Nacogdoches NAACP was working properly within the community.”
Brown was elected as head of the NAACP in October 2018 at a time when the national organization had come to the forefront again by calling for police reform over the shootings of several unarmed black men by police around the nation.
“It’s sad to see him not being able to carry out the duties of the president for his term,” Sweat said.
First vice president Richard Lundy will take over leadership of the organization, Sweat said.
“Thanks to Rev. Brown for his outstanding leadership and dedication to our local chapter of the NAACP,” county Commissioner Sandy McCorvey said. “I express my deepest and sincere condolences to his entire family.”
In February Brown said that he and and members of the NAACP were working to educate the community about all the services they offer.
“A lot of people misinterpret the purpose of the NAACP. We’re here to help,” he said. “We’re here to work with the schools in any way we possibly can. We’re here to help the sick wherever they are. If there’s anything that we can do, the NAACP is willing to commit.”
Brown was born Dec. 23, 1945, in Nacogdoches but raised in Galveston before moving back to Nacogdoches. He was drafted into the Army in 1970 but was deployed to Germany rather than Vietnam. After three years in Germany, he was a full-time noncommissioned training officer for the National Guard in Lubbock before returning to East Texas.
“I got homesick for the pine trees,” Brown said earlier this year.
Back in Nacogdoches, he worked a number of jobs before eventually retiring as a supervisor for Brazos Transit.