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Monday, January 15, 2024

Dear Hannah: Derrick Brown's Oral History (#YourStory)

Dear Hannah,

I received two blessings between December 2022 and June 2023.
There were such favorable blessings I added them to my re'sume' (and list of "puttering" projects) ...

  1. The Computer History Museum (Mountain View, CA) published (in June 2023) my oral history (https://bit.ly/CHMOH_DB_YT) for my contributions to the computing world as an Internet strategist for The Universal Black Pages (an Internet directory of African-related content), and as the founding director of KnowledgeBase’s Project CHIP (which refurbished and redistributed 1500+ computers to Georgia families and organizations).

2.     My oral history experience inspired a new project called #YourStory. #YourStory combines #StandupStorytelling with principles and best practices of oral history recording to document the thoughts and experiences of ordinary people who do extraordinary work. #YourStory was awarded a 2023 “All-In Award” by Cobb County Government. The 'All-In Awards' was started by Cobb County Commission Chairwoman Lisa Cupid in 2021. During the Cobb State of the County event every year, she honors people who are "All-In" for Cobb through demonstrating Integrity, Inclusiveness, Investment in others, Innovation and Intelligent decision making for the county.

This link (https://bit.ly/CHMOH_DB_YT) is to the oral history version produced by the Computer History Museum.
I recorded the interview, and include my published version (with PDF transcripts) below.

I also include the details behind how this all happened.
#YourStory let me tell my own story.
Tell your own story.



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Press Release

On Wed 6-14-2023, Derrick Brown's oral history was published on the Computer History Museum’s (https://computerhistory.org) website ...

Transcription (37 Pages)

Video (02h30min)

You can also access the video on the Museum’s YouTube channel via CHM's oral history playlist.

How Did This Happen?  

During the mid-1990s (the early days of the World Wide Web (WWW)), I helped launch a directory and search engine of African-related content called "The Universal Black Pages" (http://ubp.com).

In the late 1990s, I launched Project CHIP (Computer Hardware Investigation and Procurement) - which recycled and redistributed nearly 1500 computers to children and families.

In 2015, New York University professor Dr. Charlton McIlwain interviewed me for his book "Black Software" - which told the long and varied story of racial justice movements organizing online over a span of nearly five decades.

This "grassroots" movement involved a varied group of engineers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, journalists, and activists.

I was one of them.

In December 2022 (with Dr. McIlwain's help and CHM's inclusive efforts), I recorded my oral history for the Computer History Museum (CHM) (SEE DESCRIPTION BELOW).

This collection shares stories from Adamation founders Steven and William Adams, Pixar president Ed Catmull, C++ inventor Bjarne Stroustrup, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, Smalltalk developer Adele Goldberg, Linear Technology co-founders Bob Dobkin and Bob Swanson, Ethernet co-inventor Bob Metcalfe, SanDisk fonder Eli Harari, and many more.

About The Computer History Museum (CHM)

Computer History Museum (CHM)
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
(650) 810-1010

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, CHM shares insights gleaned from research, events, and an incomparable collection of computing artifacts and oral histories to convene, inform, and empower people to build a better world.


About Derrick Brown (Standup Storyteller)

I am Keisha's husband, and Hannah's father.

I am a “standup storyteller.”

I fuse rap, spoken word (poetry), oration (traditional public speaking), singing, and teaching into messages of hope, healing, and change that I write, direct, and produce to help people who help people.

Everything must change - and stay changED.

Tradition begins and ends with change.

Change begins with me and the renewing of my mind ... then continues through efforts to effect small-group discipleship (equipping others to equip others) with audiences that respect and embrace mentoring, mediation, and problem solving as tools of change.

I am the product of my mentoring relationships, peacemaking (and peacekeeping), and problem-solving ability.

My education began when I finished school.

After school, I enrolled in a lifelong curriculum that includes classes in ministry, entrepreneurship, stewardship, literacy, numeracy, language, self-identity, self-expression, and analysis / synthesis.

My projects execute a ministry that has evolved from wisdom earned through lessons learned.

I want to share this wisdom to build teams of "triple threat" fellows - mentors, mediators, and problem solvers.

We will collaborate in simple, powerful ways that allow us to help people who help people.

I now know that power is work done efficiently (with wise and skillful use of resources, interests, communication, and expertise).

Copyright © 2024 Derrick  Brown. All Rights Reserved.


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