Former NFL lineman to speak at MLK event at Mitchell Community College

Posted at 8:01 PM on Jan 6, 2019


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Mitchell Community College will host a special event honoring the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, January 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Shearer Hall on the Statesville Campus.

Jason Brown, a former NFL lineman turned farmer and activist, will be the guest speaker. All community members, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this free event.

Brown, once the NFL’s highest-paid center, played for the Saint Louis Rams until 2011. When he was released, he returned to his home state of North Carolina.

Called by his faith to help the hungry, he and his wife bought what is now First Fruits Farm in Louisburg in October 2012. After several years and a steep learning curve, First Fruits Farm is now 1,000-acre fully functional farm, giving away thousands of pounds of food each year to the underprivileged and underfeed in North Carolina's eastern Piedmont region.

According to Brown, “One of the worst things in life is wasted potential.”

Brown’s story and the story of First Fruits Farm have been the focus of a number of television, radio programs and magazines.

“Mitchell Community College is lucky to have Mr. Brown speak at our MLK event on January 18,” said Ben Pressley, English instructor and event committee member. “His story is an inspiring tale of helping others in need, even when it may be outside one’s comfort zone.”




Mitchell Community College serves 10,000 students annually through a variety of curriculum, continuing education and workforce development programs. With campuses in Statesville and Mooresville, Mitchell offers quality, affordable education options to residents of Iredell County and the surrounding area. For more information, visit or call (704) 878-3200 (Statesville Campus) or (704) 663-1923 (Mooresville Campus).

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