- Undergraduate chapter:
- Graduate chapter: Eta Beta Omega (Monrovia, Liberia) – Charter member
- Born August 4, 1928 in Liberia.
- Undergraduate and advanced degrees, including a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT:
- Appointed a member of the Liberian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in 1954. Her early recognizable talent in the fine art of diplomacy, as well as her singular interest in, and commitment to, the liberation of Africa from colonialism soon became evident. Her work for the Fourth or Trusteeship Committee of the General Assembly soon led to election by her colleagues as vice chairperson. Trusteeship in the U.N. system quickly became a euphemism for the organization’s involvement with dependent peoples the world over. Soror Brooks thus saw service in a number of areas of the U.N.’s efforts in transitioning to independence Trust Territories and colonies. In 1960, dubbed the “year of Africa” at the U.N. because of the large number of admitted African states and the prominence of African issues on the agenda, the General Assembly passed the historic Resolution 1514 on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples. It removed the distinction between Trust Territories and Non-Self-Governing Territories and signaled the world body’s disposition to move with deliberate speed to end colonialism once and for all. In the implementation of this mandate Soror Brooks became vice chairperson of a VComittee on Information for non-self-governing territories (colonies of European powers.). Other engagements followed in rapid succession. She became chairperson of the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly; chairperson in 1962 for a special committee on the issue of Ruanda-Urundi (a Belgium trust Territory divided that year into the respective states of Rwanda and urundi); and chairperson in 1964 of a U.N. Visiting Mission to the trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
- Assistant Secretary of Liberia
- Elected President of the 24th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations