For the past year, Vern has been working with Alvin L. Brooks to edit Al's Memoir. Currently it runs some 205,000 words. Al was recently interviewed on KCUR for an hour portrait on air. Jen Chen summarized the appearance here.

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The Honorable Alvin Lee Brooks

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2018 August 9
Kansas City, MO

This photograph was taken at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library


1932 May 3 Alvin Lee Brooks born, North Little Rock, AR
1935 May 24 Carol Rich born
1950 Mar 20 Mother Estella Brooks dies
1950 Graduates from R.T.Coles Vocational High School
1950 Aug 23 Marries Carol Rich
1954 June Joins KC Police Department
1961 June 8 Father Cluster Brooks dies
1964 October Leaves KC Police Department

1968 May 27 Appointed first Director of Human Relations Department, KC, 
          first Black KC Department head
1973 Masters in Sociology, UMKC
1975 Brooks travels to Israel with Jewish-Christian-Muslim seminar
        The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle, July 4, 1975, page 13.

1977 AdHoc Group Against Crime formed
1984 Appointed Assistant City Manager, first Black in that role
        The Kansas City Star Magazine, August 19, 1984, page 8-28
1989 Appointed to President’s National Drug Advisory Council for three years 1990 Named one of America’s “1000 Points of Light” by President G. H. W. Bush

1999 Elected 6th District City Council Member, made Mayor Pro Tem
2003 Re-elected and re-appointed

2005 Missouri House honored Brooks in Resolution No. 3561 2007 Won primary, narrowly defeated in general for KC Mayor
        The Kansas City Star, March 28, 2007

2008 Re-energized AdHoc
2009 Named University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumnus of the Year

2010 Appointed by Governor to Board of Police Commissioners
2013 July 12 Carol Rich Brooks dies 2016 The City Council of the City of Kansas City, MO, declares May 3, 2016, as Alvin L.
Brooks Day in its Resolution No. 160372 2016 Brooks honored with the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award The Kansas City Star, April 5, 2016
2018 Resigns from Police Board and joins Hickman Mills School Board

See also Community Guardian Awards, AdHoc Group Against Crime, 2016, 
      pages 19-36 for a comprehensive biographical sketch.