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Lewis A. Brandon, III

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: African-American

Biographical/Historical note:

Lewis A. Brandon III was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1939. As a youth, he was involved with civil rights activities and interracial groups in Asheville, including the Red Cross and the Interracial Youth Council. In 1957, he graduated from Stevens Lee High School and moved to Greensboro to attend North Carolina A&T State University. Following the sit-in of the F. W. Woolworth lunch counter on February 1, 1960, Brandon joined demonstrations against segregated businesses downtown. That same year, he became a member of Greensboro chapters of CORE and NAACP, as well as the Student Executive Committee for Justice, a group formed on the campus of A&T.

Brandon graduated from A&T with a BS degree in 1961. The following year, he participated in voter registration drives, served as vice-president of Greensboro CORE, and was a member of the Greensboro Association of Poor People (GAPP). During this time, he was also part of a group that was arrested on Thanksgiving Day for demonstrating at the S&W Cafeteria in downtown Greensboro. In 1964, he resigned from CORE and joined the United States Army, where he served for two years. In 1966, he returned to Greensboro to seek a MS in biology from A&T. During this time, he again became active in civil rights activities in Greensboro. After graduating with his master’s degree, he taught science at J. C. Price Junior High School from 1968 to 1970. Brandon then joined the staff of GAPP.

Items created by this individual or group:
Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Lewis A. Brandon III by Justin Payne
Date: February 26, 2009
By: Lewis A. Brandon, III
From: Oral History Collection

This oral history interview was conducted with Lewis A. Brandon, III on February, 26, 2009 by Greensboro College senior, Justin Payne. The interview covers Brandon's background and his time as a...

Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Lewis A. Brandon III by Eugene Pfaff
Date: June 3, 1981
By: Lewis A. Brandon, III
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a June 3, 1981, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with Lewis A. Brandon III, Brandon discusses his experience in interracial groups and organizations, his memor...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Lewis Brandon III by William Chafe
Date: July1978
By: Lewis A. Brandon, III
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This July 1978 interview conducted by William Chafe with Lewis Brandon III primarily documents Brandon’s involvement in, and the activities of organizations including GUTS (Greensboro United Tutori...

Item thumbnail image Letter from Lewis Brandon III to members of the North Carolina Federation of Progressive Individuals
Date: January 15, 1982
By: Lewis A. Brandon, III
From: Sydney Nathans Papers
This January 15, 1982 form letter invites recipients to attend a meeting of the North Carolina Federation of Progressive Individuals in Greensboro on January 30, 1982. The letter includes details of a...