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Document Details


Title: Courtney Brooks
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: City of Alexandria, Virginia. Historic Alexandria
Collection: Historic Alexandria Oral History Collection
Description: Although Courtney Brooks worked for the Records Center of the General Accounting Office, his real interests as an adult were in activities that he started in childhood. One was a drummer in the Armstrong High School Band. The other was playing sports in the neighborhood. He played in his own band, the Courtney Brooks All Stars, and others all around the country. In 1946 he started a semi-pro football team, the Alexandria Rams, which was integrated by 1951. A decade later he started a football team for boys coming out of high school. He was also instrumental in starting a baseball league for youth. In all of these, he experience and moved along, the shift from segregation to integration. Today he is still helping his neighbors by volunteering at a food mission, directing the Blues Society, and organizing neighborhood festivals.
URL: http://oha.ci.alexandria.va.us/oha-main/oralhistory/oha-courtneybrooks.html
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Brooks, Courtney, 1923-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 17-Nov-1923
Speaker place of birth: Alexandria, VA; Virginia; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Athletic coach; Musician
Age at speaking: 79
Document location: Alexandria, VA
Document date: 21-Mar-2002
Locations discussed: Alexandria, VA; North America; United States; Virginia
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Alexandria (Va.)--History; Alexandria, VA; Local history; North America; Old Town (Alexandria, Va.)--History; Oral history; United States; Virginia
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0029164-32244