Big Brown Reaching Back, UPS host giveaway event at MLK Center

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From left are Cam Miles, Savannah Leach, Tyler Washington, Damien Payne, Jeff Cox, James "Big Brown" Joseph, and Cornelius Brown.

Source: City of Natchitoches

Everyone in the Baton Rouge area seems to know James Joseph, a UPS package car driver. He is known as “Big Brown,” a nickname easy to decipher. Joseph stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall and wears a lot of brown. Joseph played college basketball at Abilene Christian University in west Texas.

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After graduating, he toured the world for two years with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. After playing pro basketball for several more seasons overseas, he returned home and took a seasonal job with UPS. He’s never left. Joseph’ community service is far-reaching. In fact, it is so vast that he started a nonprofit, Big Brown Reaching Back, to bring order to all his work.

Big Brown Reaching Back and the Natchitoches UPS Center hosted a giveaway event at the MLK Center Saturday, March 13. During the event, 1,124 cases of water, 500 meals and 5,000 masks were distributed to the community.

In the Thursday, March 18, 2021, print edition