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The Honorable Tyrone Brooks

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Unity in the Black community is our salivation

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1945
Birth Location:
Warrenton, Georgia

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Unity in the Black community is our salivation

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1945
Birth Location:
Warrenton
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Biography

Georgia State Representative Tyrone Brooks was born October 10, 1945, in Warrenton, Georgia. Brooks attended public school in Warrenton, and later went to high school in Keysville, Georgia.

Brooks became active in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference at the age of fifteen as a volunteer, and by 1967 he was a full-time employee. While there he met such influential leaders as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Joseph Lowery; and the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy. Brooks served in both local and national positions with the SCLC. He was arrested in 1976 in Washington, D.C., while protesting outside the South African Embassy. All told, he has been arrested more than sixty-five times for his civil rights activism. In 1980, Brooks was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he continues to serve. He is active on a number of committees, and led the push to remove Confederate symbols from the Georgia state flag.

Brooks is also president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, and is a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. He is still highly involved in the civil rights movement, working to eradicate racism, sexism, illiteracy and injustice.

Brooks received his first honorary degree from the John Marshall School of Law in 2001 as a result of his successful campaigning to change the state flag. He has also been awarded with a Public Servant Award from the Atlanta City Council, been inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame, and named one of the 50 Most Influential Men in Georgia by the Georgia Coalition of Black Women. Brooks and his wife, Mary, live in Atlanta.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tyrone Brooks interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks details his family origins in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks recalls his grandmother and the privilege her biracial status granted him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brooks discusses his grandmother's white father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brooks describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brooks recounts how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks remembers segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks recounts instances of racial violence in Warrenton, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brooks recalls the media's influence on the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brooks describes his elementary school years and teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brooks discusses the importance of disciplining children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brooks remembers high school athletics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Tyrone Brooks recounts his early involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks details his recruitment into the SCLC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks remembers meeting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks recalls his work with the SCLC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks describes his preparatory school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brooks recounts his time in Washington, D.C. with Reverend Walter Fauntroy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brooks remembers averting a crisis with the SCLC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brooks recalls attending a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks describes a monument to a murdered civil rights worker, Viola Liuzzo
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks details training and recruitment in the SCLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks discusses staying nonviolent in the face of violence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks recalls a frightening incident during his activist years
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brooks recounts a life-threatening incident during his SCLC tenure
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brooks details the aftermath of his confrontation with the sheriff
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks recounts his unjust imprisonment for his civil rights activism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks recalls how Sheriff Odom begged his forgiveness
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks reflects on the impact of nonviolent resistance on the U.S.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks remembers his last meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brooks describes the Poor People's Campaign
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks recalls being jailed during Resurrection City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks details his work with Ralph Abernathy and Hosea Williams
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks recounts SCLC's efforts to end apartheid
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks conveys the changes following the election of Jimmy Carter
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brooks describes Jimmy Carter and his works
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brooks discusses nominating Dr. Joseph Lowery for a Nobel Peace Prize
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brooks reflects on Jimmy Carter's mistakes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks recalls Ralph Abernathy and Hosea Williams endorsing Ronald Reagan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks explains why he ran for a seat in the Georgia state legislature
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks shares his first challenge as a state representative
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks details the fight over reapportionment of black districts
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Tyrone Brooks describes his efforts to curb racial violence in Georgia
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Tyrone Brooks recounts the struggle to create a Martin Luther King holiday
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Tyrone Brooks discusses his work and legislation on welfare reform
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Tyrone Brooks explains why he wanted to change the Georgia state flag
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Tyrone Brooks remembers how he fought to change the Georgia state flag
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks details his struggle to change the Georgia state flag
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Tyrone Brooks explains Denmark Groover's role in changing the Georgia state flag
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Tyrone Brooks recounts the referendum to ratify the new flag
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Tyrone Brooks discusses his concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Tyrone Brooks ponders his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 2000
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks, ca. 1951
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Photo - Hosea Williams at the Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia, January 14, 2000
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks at the podium at the Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1993
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks on the Jesse Jackson campaign for U.S. President, Atlanta, Georgia, 1984
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks, John Conyers, and an unidentified man, Washington, D.C., ca. 1985
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with others, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with Rommie Loudd, Orlando, Florida, 1978
  • Tape: 9 Story: 10 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks and others at SCLC headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1970-1980
  • Tape: 9 Story: 11 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with Rev. Hosea Williams, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 12 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks and others giving a press conference in front of the Atlanta City Hall, Atlanta, Georgia, 1981
  • Tape: 9 Story: 13 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks being presented an award by Dr. Joseph Lowery at an SCLC function, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 14 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with Cynthia McKinney and President Bill Clinton, 1999
  • Tape: 9 Story: 15 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with members of Jesse Jackson's Presidential campaign, Atlanta, Georgia, 1984
  • Tape: 9 Story: 16 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with Mrs. Juanita Abernathy and Dr. Ralph Abernathy, Atlanta, Georgia, 1989
  • Tape: 9 Story: 17 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks, Jacksonville, Florida, ca. late 1970s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 18 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with his son, Tyrone Brooks, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 1980s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 19 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks at the SCLC headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980
  • Tape: 9 Story: 20 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks and others, Keysville, Georgia, ca. 1987-1988
  • Tape: 9 Story: 21 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with John Lewis, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 9 Story: 22 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks, Atlanta, Georgia, January 2001
  • Tape: 9 Story: 23 - Photo - Tyrone Brooks with Roy and Marie Barnes, Atlanta, Georgia, 2001
  • Tape: 9 Story: 24 - Photo - Jesse Jackson with Rita Samuels, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 2001