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LIFE ON THE LAND: 
Memoir of a Farmer's Daughter

LIFE ON THE LAND: Memoir of a Farmer’s Daughter is an inspirational look at life through the eyes of a black child during a time when cotton was king. Carolyn J. Brown shares her story of living on a farm in Northeast Texas. She details the challenges and joys of growing up in a family of black cotton farmers who worked on their own land. Upon leaving the farm for a career in urban education, the author faced different kinds of challenges and rewards which she describes. Also included are strategies that engage children with literature in meaningful ways.

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The Emerson Street Story 2:
Winners Always Practice Program

This book is about the Winners Always Practice Program (WAPP), which is a set of tips on winning strategies for sports, games, and life. The information presented is beneficial to everyone, from childhood through adulthood on 21 components to consider which, when practiced, add joy and value to each day. Each component is aligned with ten biblical verses to tie the recommendations with a faith-based platform. The program was first introduced in the book, entitled: The Emerson Street Story: Race, Class, Quality of Life and Faith, published - August 2020. Following the recommendations for behaviors, practices, and actions dramatically increases the chances for success, happiness, and higher quality of life. The author explains how practicing each of these categories and components each day positively affects relationships with others within and across race, class and otherwise. We can all succeed and get along with others by taking time to practice well established and accepted behaviors presented in the book.

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This book presents a set of reflections and ideas for better educating our children. It is also about Emerson Street -- neighborhood and name of the street of the home of the author’s growing up in Austin, Texas. It is about race, class, quality of life, and faith, ending with suggestions about how to move schools toward a better system of academic success for all children and, thereby, impacting the common good and resulting in higher quality of life for all.  Also, included is a summary of the Winners Always Practice Program, which is a set of tips on winning strategies for sports games and for life. The author expresses confidence that things can happen for the better; he has kept the faith – in things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. 

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The Emerson Street Story: Race, Class, Quality of Life and Faith: In Business, Money, Politics, School, and More

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“Fresh, provocative, captivating and insightful. A masterful job of weaving together insights on race, class, quality of life, faith and more. Dr. Brown’s reflections provide a fresh outlook and guide for leaders everywhere. A compelling and vital read that makes a uniquely important contribution. A truly great book.”

Dr. Abbe Boring, former superintendent and college professor

“Dr. Brown educates us through his stories of resilience and overcoming obstacles. A must-read for anyone wanting to learn to succeed and win in life.”

Robin Ruegg, retired senior manager U.S. Department of the
Treasury and author of “...And the Home of the Braves!”

“In the midst of many societal challenges, Johnny Brown deepens one’s belief that close family ties are significant in shaping the social, spiritual, financial, and moral values of our lives. The illustrations in his book of systemic racism create within us a sincere desire to dispel this societal ill. A calming, yet convincing presentation.”

Joan Mathis, high school and college instructor

  "The author’s brilliant, inspiring retelling of his real life story engages you significantly in learning about him as a person who has used his experiences to build a legacy of love, strong family values, and excellence in leadership. What he shares in his autobiography serves as a foundation upon which others can create their own legacies."

Carolyn J. Brown, former principal and curriculum specialist