Brooks at Baker for MLK event
Kansas City, Mo., City Councilman Alvin Brooks will provide the keynote address as Baker University honors the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with a service at 11 a.m. today at the Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel.
Brooks organized the Kansas City, Mo., Human Relations Department in 1968 in the wake of racial disorder in the city, and served as the department s first director. He was the first African-American to be selected as a department head for the city, and later served as an assistant city manager from 1984-91.
A Kansas City, Mo., police officer from 1954-1964, Brooks was elected as the 6th District at-large councilman in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. He was selected by Mayor Kay Barnes to serve as mayor pro tem during his first term.
Among his numerous positions on public boards, Brooks is chair of the Public Safety Committee, chair of the Police Capital Improvements Oversight Committee and the Police Site Selection Committee, vice-chair of the Aviation Committee, and a member of the Finance Committee.
In 1991, he was selected as president of the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime, a broad-based grassroots community organization he founded in Kansas City, Mo., in 1977. President George H.W. Bush named him one of America s 1,000 Points of Light for his work with the group.
Brooks received an Associates of Arts degree from Lincoln Junior College, a bachelor's degree in history and government, and a master's in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.