- David Marc
Brown, Joe (18 May 1925–21 November 1997), professional prizefighter, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Only a few details are known concerning Brown's family background and childhood. A 1956 article in the Ring magazine, which included an interview with Brown, reported that his father was a carpenter and that he had two sisters. Neither of his parents is named, nor is his mother mentioned. Attending racially segregated public schools designated for “colored” children in East Baton Rouge Parish, Brown excelled in athletics at McKinley High School, playing on the varsity squads in baseball, basketball, and football. Forced by economic circumstances to leave school during his junior year, he found work at a neighborhood grocery and assisted his father on carpentry jobs. Like many young men of the period, Brown was inspired to take up boxing by the example of Joe Louis, who had become a national hero since winning the heavyweight boxing championship in 1937....