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Curlee Brown Sr., Paducah, Ky., (1909-1976): African-American. Mr. Brown was the longtime president of the Paducah branch of the NAACP and served as a vice president of the Kentucky NAACP for many years. He helped with integration plans in the McCracken County School District after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and fought for the integration of movie theaters and other public accommodations in Paducah during the 1950s. He was a president of the Carpenters Union Local 1912 and was a board member of the local Boys Club. Mr. Brown's work to help children, workers and people of color is celebrated every year by the Kentucky NAACP, which annual hands out its Curlee Brown Award to outstanding members.
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