From the Wilmington News Journal, Four Red Cross heroes honored, March 12, 2008:
Art Brooks‚ Clinton County Heroes Humanitarian Award
Brooks, the director of multicultural affairs at Wilmington College, has been an educator for 42 years. It is for his determination to reach out to members of the community and make a difference in the lives of others that Art Brooks receives the American Red Cross Clinton County Heroes Humanitarian Award. Brooks said he is very pleased to be receiving this award and gave thanks to the college and the community programs he works with for putting him in a position where he can help people.
After attending Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls, he graduated from Hiram College in northeast Ohio. From there, he taught in elementary and secondary school, and later in community colleges and higher education where he has spent the last 25 years. He has taught in Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. He has coached athletes in wrestling, basketball, track and football.
Brooks has been very involved with Hot Hoops since 1994, has served on the board of the Clinton County YMCA and currently serves on the Mental Health and Recovery Board for Clinton and Warren counties. He is active at the Cornerstone Baptist Church. Each year, he works with others on WC’s program to celebrate the birthday and life of Martin Luther King Jr. He has chaired a peer mentoring group for students of color for the last eight years and has volunteered as a diversity consultant for Wilmington City Schools.
“I’m just one person, but I try to jumpstart the help situation so that others will join in,” he said.
In 1999, he was named Humanitarian of the Year by Leadership Institute. In 2000, he received a community service award for outstanding leadership from Forging Responsibilities for Youth, a regional group in Wilmington and Springfield. In 2005, he was given a lifetime achievement award from Hot Hoops. In 2004, he received the M. Jeanne Talley Human Relations Award from the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling, which recognizes those individuals who have given above and beyond to those in need and have given meritorious service.
“I’m pleased I’ve been able to serve and help people,” he said.