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Feb 7: Brooklyn Black History Maker, Mike Tyson

Michael “Mike” Gerard Tyson was born in Bedford Stuyvesant on June 30, 1966, to Purcell Tyson and Lorna Mae Smith.

Tyson was one of the three children in his family. He had an older brother Rodney and a sister Denise, as well as a half-brother, Jimmie Lee. The family lived in Bedford Stuyvesant until their financial burdens necessitated a move to Brownsville when Tyson was 10 years old.

Ever since his early years, Tyson was involved in fights; he often resorted to his fist to solve problems of bullying. By the age of 13, he had already been arrested 38 times, also for committing petty crimes. Tyson was sent to Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York.

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