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Thursday, 20 February 2014 04:02

Judge Joe Brown Speaks At The Valley’s Oldest African American Church This Weekend

In honor of Black History Month, Emmy Award winning criminal court Judge Joe Brown will speak this Sunday, February 23 at 5 p.m. at the Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church in Pacoima. The church is the oldest African American Church in the San Fernando Valley.

“What people don't know about Judge Brown, is that he is a historian, and a collector of historical artifacts. It is from his wealth of knowledge and personal experiences that he will share, and all are welcome,” said church pastor, Rev. Dr. Dudley Chatman. In an interview with the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol, Judge Brown said that he will be delivering his own “history lesson” and, as his style, he’ll speak straight to the core of issues. “I want those attending to understand the history lesson that I'm going to give,” Judge Brown said.

“We have a lot of sickness [in society] and I basically break it down so that the kids understand it. I'm promoting a ‘Man-Up’ campaign and explaining what it means to be a real man. When you are a real man in your community and your neighborhood, it is a better, more secure and prosperous place with more depth and integrity.” The message he wants to impart, he said, is for people to take control of their lives regardless of their circumstances.

“The reason you are where you are is because you haven’t taken charge of yourself or where you live. Nobody is supposed to help you – you are supposed to help yourself. It’s about what you make of your situation and knowing what it ought to be,” Judge Brown said.

He said that society’s trend to have fatherless households has caused young boys not to know what it is to be men. “You have to teach them manhood,” the judge said. “Today in society it’s all about [the belief ] that you are entitled to something. What it is: our society is all about entitlement … that you should have something because you want it not because you earn. it. If you want it, you have to earn it.

You have a choice to doing it the right way or the wrong way, and if you do it the wrong way you wind up getting caught up in the criminal court system.” Judge Brown also points to the case that used a defense of “Affluenza” in Texas, where an affluent teenager who killed four people and injured two while driving drunk received 10 years probation and ordered was into a lock-down residential treatment facility instead of serving jail time. “A rich kid that has been taught to do what he wants and gets ten years probation.

If he had been in my courtroom and used that defense to me, he would have gone to jail. I am out here to give society a flu shot.” When you hear Judge Joe Brown speak you hear the sounds of a preacher, lawyer, healer and teacher – all strong influences that came directly from his parents and grandparents. “My [maternal] grandfather was a licensed physician, my [maternal] grandmother was a college professor.

My [paternal] grandfather was an ordained minister and my [paternal] grandmother was a school teacher. My old man went to law school and mother had a master’s degree and taught elementary school at 112th Street Elementary School in South L.A. He said that his family made a decision to live in South Los Angeles because of the need for leadership and the word “entitlement” wasn’t in the family language,” Judge Joe described. “What I got 4 “A's” and a “B”, I got ‘what’s wrong with you?’ I was taught that service transcends all and it’s your obligation to be a leader.

I could not come home saying that I wanted to do something because everyone else was doing it, that would be a guarantee that I wouldn’t get to do it.” He said his family always insured that he was well grounded and he always attended public schools. “I went to 24th Street and then to Budlong Elementary. Then I went to John Muir Jr. High and then Dorsey High School before going to UCLA.

I worked my way through UCLA by loading trucks before I was able to get a scholarship.” All experiences that brought him to his own sense of manhood. “Why would I have wanted to go to private school, it would have isolated me from the world?” he said.

Now 66 years old, Judge Brown has no plans to slow down. This week he filed his petition to run for office as District Attorney General in Shelby County, in Tennessee. While his reality court show was canceled last year following a compensation dispute, he said that he has the option to take the show to another media outlet, and has several other television projects in the works.

Following the wisdom of his parents, he still has a lot of service to give.

Judge Joe Brown will be signing autographs and taking photos with those that attend. Seating is on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a seat call 818 294-1099. The Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church is located at 11066 Norris Ave., in Pacoima.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 February 2014 18:00