Dr. Johnny Edward Brown is a native of Austin, Texas, residing during his early life on Emerson Street. He graduated from the original L. C. Anderson High School, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He became the first African American athlete for an intercollegiate athletic program at Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas. Dr. Brown worked as a teacher-coach early in his career, first at the middle school level in San Antonio and then Austin, where he became the first high school varsity head basketball coach at the current L. C. Anderson High School. Dr. Brown has served as an administrative leader, including principal and superintendent, for schools and school districts in four states. He earned the Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education degrees at Texas State University, and the terminal degree, Doctor of Philosophy, at the University of Texas at Austin. He has completed post-graduate work and serves as an adjunct professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He routinely speaks to various audiences regarding the successful education of our youth. Dr. Brown is an active volunteer in his community. He and his wife, Carolyn, also an educator, are members of the St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Austin and regular attendees and supporters of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Beaumont. They are parents of a son, two daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. Dr. Brown is the author of the book: The Emerson Street Story: Race, Class, Quality of Life and Faith (2020).