|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 085 Tyrone Brooks|
|Creator||Brooks, Tyrone L., 1945-|
|Dates||2009 September 2|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||Tyrone L. Brooks was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1980. He has sat on numerous committees, including Economic Development and Tourism, Governmental Affairs and Retirement, and Appropriations. Brooks has served as president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, and is a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. Brooks discusses his activities as a civil rights activist, his time in the legislature, and his work with the SCLC.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 085, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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Tyrone L. Brooks was born in Washington, Georgia, on October 10, 1945. He grew up in Warrenton, and at age fifteen volunteered with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Brooks attended Howard University, Atlanta University, and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1967, he became a full-time staffer at SCLC. In 1980, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democrat. He has sat on numerous committees, including Economic Development and Tourism, Governmental Affairs and Retirement, and Appropriations. Brooks has served as president of the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials and is a member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.
Tyrone Brooks discusses his family and childhood in Warrenton, Georgia, and his early start in civil rights activism. He recalls meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and picketing segregated businesses.
Brooks recalls his work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and friendship with Hosea Williams and Ralph David Abernathy. He comments on the Montgomery bus boycott, the inception of the SCLC, and Dr. King's teachings based on Ghandi's non-violent civil disobedience. Brooks discusses the SCLS's relationship with other civil rights organization such as the NAACP and the planned sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Brooks discusses his friendship with Lonnie King, a student civil rights activist. He recalls being arrested over sixty times in the course of civil rights protests and his participation in the Poor People's Campaign. Brooks recalls fasting in a Washington, D.C., prison.
Brooks recalls his experience with Bloody Sunday in Selma and its influence on politics in the South. He also discusses how the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act changed Southern politics. Brooks discusses the importance of SCLS's need to adapt to present-day issues such as education and economic development.
Brooks explains how he became interested in the politics, his campaign for State House, and his time in legislature. He discusses his involvement with the changing of the state flag, judiciary reform, and the Moore's Ford Bridge lynching case.