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Carlos and Pearl Brown: Truly 'dynamic duo'
Bulloch County Black History Month 2019
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Carlos and Pearl Brown

The phrase “Dynamic Duo” was first coined back in the 1940s when it described the partnership between Batman and Robin. Today, it pertains to independently successful individuals who unite to do “the greater good.”  

So, by definition, Carlos C. Brown Jr., and his wife Pearl Huff Brown must be categorized as a “Dynamic Duo.”

Carlos Brown is the eldest of the six children born to the late Clarence and Ethel White Brown of Bulloch County. As farmers, they instilled into Brown the value of hard work, which included planting tobacco in the mornings before school and plowing peanuts at age 8. No stranger to hard work, after graduating from William James High School, he joined the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic, serving in Vietnam, Japan, Guam and Alaska.  

He retired 21 years later in 1988 as Senior Master Sergeant. However, he did not rest. He received his Industrial Management degree from Georgia Southern University and was hired as Custodial Manager in the GSU Housing Department for 16 additional years, retiring in 2011.  

He retired from a job, but not from working. He presently owns the Brown Lawncare Service, a family business that he and his father started 21 years earlier. Surprisingly, he still finds time to serve as the chairman of the deacon board and Sunday schools at Piney Grove Baptist Church, his home church.

Community activists

As a community activist, Brown, with the help of Piney Grove, purchased the old Mary Jackson School in the Nevils-Denmark area (their future community center). In addition, the Pineland Partnership Mentoring for Minority Boys and the Community Brotherhood Fishing Auxiliary both recognize him as mentor while the Statesboro Food Bank, the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Association, the Statesboro Planning and Zoning Committee, and the Statesboro Kiwanis Club can all attest to his leadership capabilities.  

Moreover, he helped to organize Register’s volunteer fire department, serving as fire chief (1992-1994), but volunteering for seven years. In 2018, a defeat for the county commission seat (2D) did not dampened his spirits. He is still very concerned with his campaign issues:  the county’s solid waste problem, illegal dumping, the improvement of our dirt roads and the city’s economic growth. He is truly a visionary.

Undoubtedly, Brown is an accomplished man, but his greatest accomplishment occurred on April 14, more than 30 years ago, when he and Pearl Huff were united in holy matrimony, after he was unable to resist her pork chops and her pound cakes — her mother’s recipes.  

'The love of my life"

According to her, he is “the love of my life.”  As the other half of this dynamic duo, wife Pearl’s successes are also notable. She is the seventh of the 10 children born to Ben Huff and Luella Lovett Huff of Bulloch County. In this farming household, she was taught to work hard and to excel. 

After graduating from William James High School (Class of ’67), she attended Savannah State College, majoring in Elementary Education. She later received her master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts from Armstrong State College.  She began her teaching career in Millen  at Jenkins County Elementary School, where she taught for 12 years. 

In 1985, she began to teach in Bulloch County at Nevils Elementary, completing 20 more years. While there, she was voted Teacher of the Year twice, a well-deserved honor for she spoke up for any and all unjust practices that she witnessed, thereby winning the respect of both her principal and her peers.  

As an educator, she served as department chair and lead teacher while serving on other education-related committees. She strongly feels that schools need African-American role models. In fact, seeing intelligent, professional black teachers made her want to be one; her role model was Priscilla Tremble Mainer. In addition, when she retired, she served as president of the Retired Educators of Bulloch County.  She also is a member of Piney Grove, serving as president of the usher board and mission department.

Working together

As stated earlier, a true “dynamic duo” will partner up to make a greater difference, and this is exactly what these two have done. In Bulloch County, both of the Browns have been in leadership positions in the NAACP, tag-teaming and working simultaneously to ensure equality and justice.  First, Carlos Brown has been the district coordinator for the NAACP for Toombs, Tattnall, Evans, Candler, Bulloch and Effingham counties, and served as Bulloch County president from 2003-6. Then, his wife Pearl served and remained president until 2018.  

Under their combined leadership, the Jones-Love Cultural Center was built at the Luetta Moore Park, more minority teachers were employed, and high school scholarships were begun. Because of their dedication, they were selected as grand marshalls for the 2019 MLK parade, a well-deserved honor. 

Their two daughters, Dana Brown Fountain and Phylicia Renee Brown both agree that their parents are “hardworking, community-minded, unselfish people” who taught them self-sufficiency and respect — of others, of elders and of themselves, traits that they have now passed along to grandson Chance. Delinda Gaskins, the current NAACP president says that these two should be remembered “for their dedication and their passion for the fight for justice.”

Truly, Batman and Robin have nothing on the Browns, Bulloch County’s own dynamic duo. They have been battling school boards and Park and Recreation commissions and fighting inequality for years. They may have retired, but superheroes never rest; they just “bat” their eyes and keep watching for the sign in the sky. That man and that woman will always be watching over Gotham — I mean Bulloch County.

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