Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Unveils Recently Renamed Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. Morris Heights Post Office

Sep 20, 2017
Press Release
Tuskegee Airman, Civil Rights Advocate and Former Bronx Community College President Honored For Lifetime of Achievement

The Bronx Today, Congressman Serrano was joined by Former Mayor David Dinkins; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.; New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera; New York State Assemblyman Victor Pichardo; Councilmember Vanessa L. Gibson; and Bronx Postmaster Lilliam Rodriguez for the renaming ceremony of the Morris Heights Post Office, located at 2024 Jerome Avenue, in honor of Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. The renaming was made possible thanks to Congressman Serrano and other members of the NY Delegation efforts in Congress last year. In September 2016, Congressman Serrano along with Congressmen Charles Rangel, Eliot Engel, and the rest of the delegation in the House of Representatives introduced legislation to rename the post office after the former Tuskegee Airman and Bronx Community College President Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. The bill was approved in the Senate at the end of the year, and signed into law by President Obama.


“Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. dedicated his life to serving his country and helping others achieve greater opportunities – he was an African-American trailblazer, a hero in every sense of the word, and a source of pride for all. His valiant service in the armed forces during WWII as a Tuskegee Airman, along with his later work as a civil rights leader and educator, strengthened our country, and made it a better place for all Americans. By renaming the Morris Heights Post Office in his honor we have ensured his life and legacy is rightly honored and remembered for generations to come. I want to thank everyone who joined me today to unveil the renamed post office and all the members of the New York Congressional delegation who supported my legislation, which made this honor possible,” said Congressman Serrano.

CAPTION: Congressman Serrano addresses attendees at the renaming ceremony of the Morris Heights Post Office, located at 2024 Jerome Avenue, in honor of Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (9/20/2017)



CAPTION: Congressman Serrano is joined by other local elected officials and Bronx Postmaster Lilliam Rodriguez for the the renaming ceremony of the Morris Heights Post Office, located at 2024 Jerome Avenue, in honor of Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (9/20/2017)


The official plate that renames the Morris Heights Post Office, located at 2024 Jerome Avenue, in honor of Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (9/20/2017)

Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. was a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen unit, where he conducted 68 missions and became one of the first African-American fighter pilots to shoot down a German fighter jet during World War II. His heroism earned him and his fellow airmen a Congressional Gold Medal from President George W. Bush in 2007. Dr. Brown earned his graduate and doctoral degrees from New York University, where he went on to serve as a professor of education and director of Afro-American Affairs. During the racial upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s, he served as an informal advisor to many Civil Rights leaders and helped found 100 Black Men, a civic organization advocating for better treatment of African-Americans in New York City. Dr. Brown also served as President of Bronx Community College for 17 years.

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Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.  He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.