Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Degree: B.A. Race, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. Society, University of Georgia;
J.D., New York University School of Law
Brooks has a long history of both dance and social justice work and has danced and choreographed for a decade in New York City and Atlanta, including work with Michael Mao Dance, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, Independent Black Film Festival, Beacon Dance, and Several Dancers Core.
Shifting out of dance for the next phase of his professional life, he lobbied for progressive groups at the Georgia legislature and worked on numerous political campaigns. As director of legislative services for the Georgia House Democratic Caucus, under Stacey Abrams, he served a key role in opposing a racist redistricting plan put forth by the majority party. He then obtained his J.D., where he interned for the ACLU Capital Punishment Project and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
After law school, he worked at Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. There, he represented people sentenced to death and life without parole and those suffering horrific prison conditions, as well as contributing to reports on the nationâs history of racial injustice. He also served as deputy director of voter protection for the Democratic Party of Georgia and as legal counsel for The Justice Collaborative.
Brooks was drawn to the interdisciplinary nature of the Duke MFA program, and he plans to use his time investigating the most effective ways to combine dance and social justice work. His primary focus is racial justice, and he also plans to further engage with questions about the racial justice implications of his being a white person who does primarily African diaspora dance