Arthur V. Brooks Interview, 11 June 2013

Arthur Brooks, a Cleveland Heights resident, earned his law degree and began working as a lawyer for Baker, Hostetler, & Patterson. Having been exposed to community activism while attending college in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he got involved in the community of Cleveland Heights. Brooks ran for office in Cleveland Heights but was defeated. He was encouraged to run for the Ohio State Legislature and served two terms as state representative. He returned to Baker, Hostetler, & Patterson to become a partner in the firm. Brooks was the lead real estate lawyer. From this vantage point, Brooks witnessed the integration of Cleveland Heights, an issue that was important to him. For example, he lobbied for a fair housing bill. Brooks continues to be involved in community activities in order to confront new issues and challenges facing inner-ring suburbs and is interested in efforts to revitalize the region.

Participants: Brooks, Arthur V. (interviewee) / Kaeser, Susan (interviewer)
Collection: Racial Integration in the Heights
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Racial Integration in the Heights

Interviews in this series were collected by undergraduate students at Cleveland State University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Souther, with funding from the Office of the Provost. The series contains interviews with pioneers of suburban residential integration and social activists who supported peaceful managed integration/desegregation and fair housing in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights in the 1950s to 1970s.