Owen Brooks

Owen H. Brooks


Veteran, civil rights activist and leader in the Mississippi's Freedom Movement, Owen H. Brooks died in Jackson, Mississippi on Sunday July 27, 2014. Mr. Brooks was born in New York City on November 18, 1928 to Jamaican immigrant parents, the late Thelma Ione Brooks (neé Delgado) and Owen H. Brooks, Sr.

Mr. Brooks was raised in Boston, Massachusetts where he graduated from high school at the age of sixteen. He served in the army during the Korean War, studied at Boston and Northeastern universities and eventually completed a program in the rapidly developing electronics industry of the mid-1950s. In 1980, Mr. Brooks took a one-year hiatus to attend the Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM at St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral located at 305 E Capitol Street, Jackson, MS. Visitation service will be held, Friday, August 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM at Aldersgate United Methodist Church located at 655 Beasley Road, Jackson, MS. Burial will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM at the Natchez National Cemetery located at 41 Cemetery Road, Natchez, MS.

Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by his daughter Dianne L. Brooks (Robert Kells) and sister Millicent Brooks Broadnax.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved and devoted wife, Mrs. Lescener Harris Brooks; daughters and son Pamela E. Brooks, Frederick Brooks, Angela Y. Brooks-Adams (Terence), Gail A. C. Brooks. In addition, survivors include, Joseph Harris (Monica), LaNeysa Harris, Millicent Harris, Chauncey Harris (Tequia) and Leona Gray; ten grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and devoted friends.

Published in Clarion Ledger on Aug. 1, 2014