The Leawood Lions Club meeting will be on February 9, beginning virtually at 6 p.m. Mr. Alvin Brooks will be our guest speaker. In light of recent events, Mr. Brooks will speak on inclusivity and how we as Lions can be better stewards in our community. If you would like to participate, contact us, and we will provide the zoom information.
Mr. Brooks is a Kansas City institution and a leader in inclusivity and civil rights. Mr. Brooks was a member of the Kansas City Council from 1999 to 2007 and served as mayor pro-tem. Previously, he worked in the KCPD and the KC School District. In 1968, he organized and served as the first Director of the KC Human Relations Department and later became assistant city manager. Mr. Brooks has served as director of the AdHoc Group Against Crime (that he helped organize), as a member of the Kansas City Police Board and the Missouri Human Rights Commission.
His many recognitions include:
Being named one of America’s 1,000 Points of Light by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, and an Outstanding Kansas Citian by the Native Sons and
Daughters in 2017. He received the Carl R. Johnson Humanitarian award from the NAACP in 2001, the Harry S. Truman Service Award from the City of Independence in 2016, and the Kansas Citian of the Year Award by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce in 2019. He has received honorary degrees from Park University, Rockhurst University, University of Southern Missouri, and William Jewell College. In 2016, the Kansas City Council declared May 3rd as Alvin L. Brooks Day.
We hope you can join us for what will be an engaging event.