Eddie Brown Jr. began working for human and civil rights in the 1960s and never stopped.

Eddie Brown Jr. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)Eddie Brown Jr. began working in the areas of human and civil rights in the 1960s and never stopped,” according to the news obituary Michelle E. Shaw wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Brown was expelled from Louisiana’s Southern University “after participating in a sit-in protesting racial segregation.”

“He soon moved to Washington D.C., enrolled at Howard University and became a leader and organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).”

His Howard roommate and lifelong friend, Ekwueme Michael Thelwell, “marveled at the dedication his friend exhibited while working to uplift the oppressed, poor and disenfranchised,” Shaw wrote.

Over the years, Brown worked with such civil rights organizations as Mississippi Action for Community Education (MACE).

“Much of the work he did didn’t make national headlines, but it was significant none the less,” another Howard friend, Courtland Cox, told Shaw.

“Ed, and others of our generation, made a huge contribution in changing what America looks like today.”

Cox also told Shaw that “Mr. Brown lived to make a difference.”

“He wanted to help somebody,” Mr. Cox said. “At the end of the day the true measurement is did you help somebody and did you live a committed life, and he did.”

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer. She was the director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers before she passed away in 2015.