Thursday, November 30, 2006
Alvin Brooks was elected to serve as the 6th District at-large councilman in 1999 and re-elected in 2003. After his first election, Brooks was appointed as mayor pro tem by Mayor Kay Barnes. In addition to serving as mayor pro tem, he is chairman of the Public Safety Committee, chairman of the Police Capital Improvements Oversight Committee and the Police Site Selection Committee, vice chairman of the Aviation Committee and vice chair of the Finance Committee.
In 1991, Brooks 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.Brooks also is a former Kansas City, Mo., police officer (1954). During his 10 years on the force, he held the rank of detective; for five of those years he worked with runaways and incorrigible youth and gang members. Brooks organized the Kansas City, Mo., Human Relations Department in 1968, shortly after the city's civil disorder, and was appointed its first director (1968 to 1984). He also served as an assistant city manager from 1984 to 1991. He was the first African American to serve as a department head for the City.Brooks' educational background includes an Associates of Arts degree from Lincoln Junior College, an undergraduate degree in history and government, and a Master's degree in sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Brooks is a proponent of civic participation and a champion of youth involvement. Brooks believes that we have one common spirituality based on the oneness of God, in which all of humanity is inextricably connected and hopefully, prayerfully, we will recognize the oneness and live in peace.Brooks was honored by President George Bush in November 1989 for his work with Ad Hoc. His efforts brought President Bush to Kansas City, Mo., in January 1990. He was named by President Bush as one of America's 1,000 Points of Light. He also was appointed by President Bush to a three-year term on the President's National Drug Advisory Council. Former Drug Czar William Bennett recognized Brooks as being one of the nation's "front-line soldiers in our war against drugs."Brooks serves on numerous boards and committees, some of which include:
Board of Governors, Avila University
Board of Directors, Mid-west Center for Holocaust Education, Inc.
Charter Board Member, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Board of Visitors, Park University
Advisory Committee, Supreme Court of Missouri
Board of Regents, Central Missouri State University
Board member, National Youth Information Network
Board Member, National Conference for Community and Justice
Board Member, Prime Health Foundation
Board of Counselors, Avila University
Trustee Committee for Student Affairs, Avila University
Brooks has received many honors both locally and nationally. Among them are:
Honorary Doctor of Law, Rockhurst University
Honorary Doctor of Law, Park University
Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Western Baptist Seminary
Annual Peace Award, Crescent Peace Society
Bodhisattva Award, Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery
William Booth Award for spiritual dedication and service to others, The Salvation Army
Kansas City Globe's 100 Most Influential Black Kansas Citians
National Conference of Christians and Jews Outstanding Citizen Award
The William F. Yates Medallion for Distinguished Service, William Jewell College
Peaceman Award, The African-American Student Union, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Cincinnatus Award, The University Club
Kansas Citian of the Year, Kansas City Press Club
Centurion Leadership Award
Alumni of the Year Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Kansas City Tomorrow
Alumni Achievement Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Distinguished Alumnus, Missouri Community Colleges
Whitney Young, Jr. Service Award, Boy Scouts of America
Diversity Exemplary Practices Award, American Public Works Association
Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission 2003 - Named the Award to the Community Leader who best exemplifies the spirit and dedication to law enforcement and community service that is reflected by Kansas City's own Alvin Brooks- The Alvin Brooks Award. It has been given each year since 2003, at their Annual Luncheon.
Brooks' international travels include:
Delegate to the first and second annual international conference on Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations in the Mid-East, traveled to Jordan, Syria and Israel
One of the 15 Americans selected to study the food and water resources in the West African countries of Mali, Senegal and the Gambia
One of eight Americans to travel to Southeast Asia (the countries of Singapore and Malaysia) to study the educational, juvenile and adult criminal justice systems and these countries' national efforts of handling crime, violence and illicit drugs.
Councilman Brooks had six children, one son - deceased, five daughters, 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.