Mr. Daniel Brown is a Knoxville native, a graduate of Austin High School, and a graduate of Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in History. Mr. Brown has dedicated his life to others in a number of different ways – he is a Vietnam War veteran, retired from a career with the U.S. Postal Service, and served on Knoxville’s City Council. It was while he was on the City Council that he was chosen to complete Bill Haslam’s term as mayor in 2011, making him the first African American mayor of Knoxville. Mr. Brown remains involved in numerous organizations involved in supporting out local community, including among others the NAACP, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He also serves on the Board of numerous other organizations such as the Public Building Authority, Blount Mansion, and the State Fair, among others. He remains a deeply engaged member of our community, and we welcome him to the Board of Visitors for the Department of Religious Studies.
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