Donald M. "Field" Brown, a double-major senior at Mississippi State, was honored by the City Board with a proclamation declaring January 6, 2014 "Donald M. Brown" Day in Vicksburg. Donald received the coveted Rhodes Scholarship which is widely considered the world's most celebrated and prestigious international fellowship. Donald credits his success, in part, to the education he received at Vicksburg High School. "I'm very honored. My classes at Vicksburg High School prepared me for my further education." said Brown as he spoke to a packed board room. 

Donald was one of only 32 U.S. men and women out of 857 applicants, selected for the prestigious award. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. presented the proclamation to Donald and stated, "I think it's appropriate and fitting to recognize a young man who was educated in the Vicksburg Warren school system.".

Brown, the son of Willie and Cynthia Brown and nephew of Alderman Mayfield, said he is particularly interested in studying post-World War II African-American literature. He said both English and philosophy are related to his love of studying ideas.

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