Kansas City Celebrates Mr. Brooks

A legendary local leader and a favorite of this blog recently earned a great deal of admiration from friends & colleagues.

Here's a glimpse at the well wishes that are part of our local history . . .

Mr. Brooks doesn’t necessarily like what he sees now. Throughout the pandemic and social justice movement he’s been leading a weekly zoom meeting with people of color across America.

“Kansas City is just a microcosm of what’s happening in America,” Brooks said.

Though he says he wishes he’d seen more progress toward unity in his life, he’s thankful for everyone who recognizes his efforts.

“It’s overwhelming God’s been good to me for 90 years,” Brooks said.

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Kansas City celebrates civil rights leader's 90th birthday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alvin Brooks has served the Kansas City community for nearly 70 years. Tuesday Kansas City turned out to celebrate the former Mayor Pro-Tem and civil rights leader on his 90th birthday. The party came a day after Jackson County Executive Frank White honored Brooks with a proclamation.

Kansas City civic leader Alvin Brooks honored on his 90th birthday

Kansas City civic leader and former city council member Alvin Brooks celebrated his 90th birthday Tuesday. Friends, family and community leaders gathered to celebrate him at the Kansas City Museum.Brooks created the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime in the late 1970s.