Mississippi, 2014

Current place of residence: Vicksburg, MS

University: Mississippi State University

Other Information: Donald Mayfield Brown, Vicksburg, is a senior at Mississippi State University where he majors in English and philosophy.  He also has studied English literature at Christ Church College, Oxford.  His senior thesis focuses on Ralph Ellison and argues how politically radical novelists were forced to mute their political ideas to become visible and respected.  Field is the founder of MSU’s creative arts journal and vice president of its philosophy and religion club. He has been elected to six national honor societies and participated on a Mellon fellowship at Stanford.  He has also served as a youth counselor and tutor and has been a community activist in Mississippi and Iowa, and has spoken at many national and state conferences on topics in English, philosophy, religion and race.