Few have faced adversity like Alvin Brooks has. He was born into an impoverished family, he nearly lost his adoptive father to the justice system of the South, and he barely survived a health crisis in infancy. However, his greatest challenges would be learning how to navigate a racist society as a young boy and then later protecting his beloved wife, Carol, and their six children.
Despite all the adversity he faced, Brooks became a lifelong leader and a servant of his community. Brooks served as one of Kansas City’s first Black police officers in the fifties, helped to heal the racial divide after the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., founded the AdHoc Group Against Crime, affecting real change in city government, and met with successive American presidents on national issues. When it comes to criminal justice, civil rights, and racial inequity, Brooks’s lifetime of building bridges across society’s divides helps us better understand our past, make sense of our present, and envision our future.
Alvin Brooks proves that a good heart, a generous spirit, and a lot of work can connect the world; one person can make a difference by binding us together.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Family Tree viii
Chapter 1 My Origins And Youth 1
Chapter 2 My Son, Ronall 74
Chapter 3 My Police Career 80
Chapter 4 Schoolwork-And The Riot 180
Chapter 5 City Hall Appointments 204
Chapter 6 Adhoc Begins And Flourishes 217
Chapter 7 Recognized By The President 233
Chapter 8 My Political Career 245
Chapter 9 Adhoc Renewed 258
Chapter 10 Carol's Transition 262
Chapter 11 A Family Adventure 267
Chapter 12 Recent Activities 275
Chapter 13 A Final Prayer 279
Photo Credits 285
Appendix: List of Awards 286