Brandon A. Owens, Sr.


Brandon A. Owens, Sr. currently serves as Library Assistant for Technical Services in the John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library.  Prior to returning to his alma mater, Mr. Owens served as the Access Services Cultural Heritage Manager for the Levi Watkins Learning Center at Alabama State University.  In this position, Mr. Owens managed the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, helped coordinate construction for a $5 million interpretive center on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, and assisted in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of two historic house museums on campus; the home of civil rights leader Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy and the birth-home of world-renowned singer Nat King Cole.  In addition, he directed the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church and Parsonage Museums in Montgomery, Alabama.  Mr. Owens still serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Historical Association and the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission.  He is a Ph.D. and M.L.S. candidate at Middle Tennessee State University; the father of a son and daughter, both Fiskites: Brandon A. Owens, Jr. (’21) and Mye A. Owens (’17).


“A New Kind of Hope: Father Harold Purcell and the Development of the City of St. Jude, Montgomery, Alabama, 1934-1951,” Montgomery, AL: Alabama State University, 2013.

Review of “The End of Days: African American Religion and Politics in the Age of Emancipation,” by Matthew Harper, North Carolina Historical Review, July 2017.

Professional Presentations and Projects

“A Fisk Family Reunion,” Video Presentation, 2017 Alumni Pride Reunion, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, April 28 - May 1, 2017.

“Give Us the Ballot: The Alabama Voting Rights Campaign of 1965 and the Transformation of America’s Political System” – A Conference Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Coordinator, Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, August 5-6, 2015.

“Nat King Cole’s House Restoration Update,” Presenter, The Twenty-Second Annual Scholarship Awards Program, Nat King Cole Society, Montgomery, Alabama, March 13, 2016.

“The Fisk Family,” Presenter, William D. Piersen Lecture Series, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee, February 28, 2007.

“The History of Dexter,” Presenter, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church 139th Church Anniversary, Montgomery, Alabama, December 11, 2016.

“The Martyrs of the 1965 Voting Rights Movement,” Presenter, Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery, Alabama, March 25, 2015.

“The Mass Meetings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: The Lessons and the Legacy,” Coordinator, Ralph D. Abernathy Civil Rights Lecture Series, Celebrating the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University, Montgomery, Alabama, December 7, 2015.

“The road from Selma was paved with the blood of four unsung martyrs,” Quoted, Interview with Reporter Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service, Washington Post, March 5, 2015.

“The Thirteenth Annual Black Film Festival: Empowerment through Film,” Interview, CBS News at Five, WAKA – 8, Montgomery, Alabama, August 29, 2015.

Brandon A. Owens, Sr.
Library Assistant Technical Services

M.A. in History, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL
B.A. in History, Fisk University, Nashville, TN

Contact Information
John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library
1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208
(615) 329-8734