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Kansas City Icon Alvin Brooks Releases Autobiography

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Alvin Brooks, 88, has released his autobiography, "Binding Us Together: A Civil Rights Activist Reflects on a Lifetime of Community and Public Service."

The 88 year-old activist says ". . . if I've done any good, my life has not been in vain."

The former mayor pro tem, councilman, detective and assistant city manager reveals what he has learned from decades in public service.

Maybe waiting until he was 88 to release his autobiography was the right time for Alvin Brooks. His is a long and distinguished life of public service to the Kansas City community at large — and the Black community in particular. His work has never stopped as is evident in his autobiography "Binding Us Together: A Civil Rights Activist Reflects on a Lifetime of Community and Public Service."

Alvin Brooks will be in conversation with Mayor Quinton Lucas at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021, online via the Kansas City Public Library's YouTube page.

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