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Monday, June 20, 2022

77-Year Old Man From South Carolina Graduates From College

Timothy Brown

Nationwide — Timothy Brown, a 77-year-old man from Orangeburg County, South Carolina, has graduated from South Carolina State University decades after he had to drop out of college to serve in the Vietnam War.

In 1972, Brown was a college student at Compton Community College when he was called to serve in the Vietnam War. For 10 months, he “faced danger” at the front lines of the war, he told WACH.

When he returned to the US, he took up several jobs such as a cook, a firefighter, and a Greyhound bus driver for decades. It was then that he got a chance to drive for blues legend BB King and also the community leaders who were participating in Dr. Martin Luther King’s last march in Washington in 1963.

Brown’s experiences throughout the years ignited his passion to become a playwright. In 2018, the military veteran finally took an opportunity to pursue his passion as he joined the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Vocational Rehab program, which allowed him to attend SC State while still working.

After over 3 years of studying hard, Brown earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from South Carolina State University.

Now, Brown is working to seek producers to hopefully bring to life the play he wrote based on his experience driving the bus from Los Angeles, California to Washington DC during the civil rights movement. He plans to help send underprivileged youth to college with the proceeds from the play’s ticket sales.

“As long as you have your health and strength, you’re never too old,” Brown said.




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