Immediately after the 1958 election, Brooks' friends
held a testimonial dinner, brooks gave a speech which
revealed the basic philosophy of government that guided
him throughout his life:
While I honor the office of representative, I am
Integration; Blacks; African-Americans; Education; Little Rock Central High School; Daisy Bates; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; J.C. Crenshaw; Fred Darragh; Harry Ashmore; Jackie Shropshire; Thad Williams
Statement of Virgil Blossom regarding Daisy Bates and the integration of Central High School in 1957.