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2013 SBA Beverly Mitchell-Brooks. Ph.D.

Beverly Kerl Mitchell-Brooks, Ph.D., 2013 Susan B. Anthony Awardee

Beverly Mitchell-BrooksBeverly Kerl Mitchell-Brooks, Ph.D. She exemplifies the independence, persistence, determination and dedication of Susan B. Anthony in obtaining equal rights for all. Born and raised in South Dallas, Dr. Beverly Mitchell-Brooks attended Paul Dunbar Elementary School and James Madison High school. With the help of a four-year scholarship from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she entered Dillard University in New Orleans, majoring in Biology-English.

She received a Master of Science degree in Genetics from Texas Woman's University, becoming the first African-American to gain an MS degree in pure science from TWU. Through a joint program, she completed her research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and her course work at TWU, receiving her doctoral degree in Molecular Biology-Biochemistry. Her publications appear in The Journal of Biochemistry and Genetics.

Dr. Mitchell-Brooks serves as an adjunct professor in Anatomy/Physiology at El Centro Community College as well as Pres/CEO of the Dallas Urban League. She has utilized her skills as an environmental specialist for the US-EPA and the City of Dallas; as a faculty member at Northlake Community College; and former faculty member at Bishop College.

She has served as Director of the Martin Luther King Center; Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Community Relations Commission where she implemented the city's first Race Relations Conference and developed the first MLK Institute; and Director of Public Affairs for DART where she worked with the community to bring the first cross town bus route to Oak Cliff. She has been active in the Dallas community and was one of the first City of Dallas environmentalists assigned to analyze the lead content problem in West Dallas.

In 1990 she became the first woman to head the Dallas Urban League in its 33-year history. She implemented the League's first Building Bridges of Understanding program in Dallas and built the first permanent head- quarters in the heart of Oak Cliff. She led the effort to obtain designation as a CAA organization, which qualified the agency to receive the State's CSBG funding for Dallas County.

In 1991, under her leadership, the League received the only five-year demonstration grant in Texas from the US Department of Health/Human Services designed to address out of school and adjudicated minority males, including ex-offenders. The success of the program established the League's Institute for Minority Success programs. The program continues to be among the top three performers each year and was recognized by the White House for its success. She has been honored with the "She Knows Where She's Going" Girls Inc. award, Jubilee Award (community service), Outstanding Black Educator, Dorothy Farabee Award (science), Mother of the Year, Distinguished TWU Alumni and others. She is a member of St. Paul AME Church, AKA Sorority, Dallas Assembly, Leadership Dallas Alumni, Leadership Texas Alumni, National Urban League Association of CEOs, Greater Dallas Planning Council, Oak Cliff Chamber, Texas College Board of Trustees and others.

Dr. Mitchell-Brooks has two daughters, Teri and Stacy Mitchell, both products of the DISD school system and Howard University. Teri graduated from Georgetown Law School, has worked with NBC Dateline, and is now senior producer for HARPO, in Chicago. Stacy graduated from UCLA Medical School and is a practicing physician in internal medicine in Los Angeles.

Through all of her accomplishments, her family and community remain her foundation.