Socially and politically motivated since his youth in Waterloo, Tony Brown has been a force in music and social change. In the 1960s, his integrated Reggae band introduced the idea of diversity in music and people to many Iowa communities. Throughout the years, he has been involved in several organizations including the NAACP and the Black Panther Party. No matter where he has lived, Brown is active in motivating others to better their lives, expand their outlook and perspective, and improve their community. Along the way, his music has earned him a large fan base and induction into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Iowa Music Hall of Fame in 2002.
This video is from the oral history project “Adult Voices, Children’s Eyes,” conducted from 2008 to 2009 with the assistance of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.