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An Interview With Alvin Brooks
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TitleAn Interview With Alvin Brooks
AbstractInterviewer: Horace M. Peterson III. Interview recorded June 2, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesListed under the community affairs category. Alvin Lee Brooks was born May 3, 1932 in Arkansas. In the interview, he discusses his early life, segregation in schools, experience in the Kansas City Police Department, Leon Jordan as police officer, City Hall involvement, local race riots, future plans, etc.
Date1976-06-02
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 9, CD 9 (2 parts)
Local SubjectOral History
African Americans
Brooks, Alvin L.
Brooks, Alvin L.
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionInterview Outline:

Alvin Lee Brooks is the son of Estell and Chester Brooks. He was born May 3, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is an adopted child. Became aware that he was an adopted child at age twenty one. Educational background was received in Kansas City, Missouri in Leeds-Dunbar area which at that time was considered rural.

Discussion of segregation during his youth at 3421 Quincy in Kansas City. Racial incidences during junior high school at R.T. Coles which is now Lincoln High School. Recalls receiving welfare even though his father was farming. Was chosen as candidate for student mayor for a day from R.T. Coles during senior year.

Religious background. Presently a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Attendance at Lincoln Junior Business College at 18th and Vine after completing high school. Experience in the Police Department in Kansas City where he served for ten years. Police brutality under Kelly administration. Alvin Brooks attempts to make sergeant but was held back because of race. Discussion of Leon Jordan as police officer.

Involvement in City Hall beginning 1964. Demonstrations in Kansas City which almost led to arrest by Chief of Police Barney Myers about urban renewal in Independence, Missouri. School system problems during his involvement with Title I programs under Superintendent Hazlett in 1959. Circumstances involving his position as assistant city manager. Brooks feels the riots played a major role in the media changes of today. Missouri Commission of Human Rights. Listing of other chair-positions and affiliations and organizations. Future plans of Alvin Brooks.
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Item ID210281
CONTENTdm number36324
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