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Residents Remember Civil Rights Activists Dr. Ernest Brooks

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Residents are mourning the loss of a local civil rights leader, who fought for equality in Jackson and West Tennessee. Dr. Ernest Brooks was found dead in his car in Grenada, Mississippi. No foul play is suspected.

Dr. Brooks marched during the civil rights movement and worked to desegregate schools and other facilities in Jackson. Dr. Brooks previously served as the President of the Jackson-Madison County NAACP. He remained an active member until his death.

"He was the backbone of what the NAACP means for all of us and that is bringing about equality getting rid of discrimination of all kind of that job is not yet finished but he certainly did help," said Harrell Carter, President of the Jackson-Madison County NAACP.

Funeral arrangements for Dr. Brooks have not been announced.


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