Today show correspondent Craig Melvin, right, interviews Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., in the Mary Chapel at Holy Cross on April 17. Photo by: Christian Santillo
On July 4, Holy Cross and “Fraternity” — the story of Rev. John Brooks’ efforts to recruit African-American students to campus in the late 1960s — again took place in the national spotlight as NBC’s “Today” show devoted a segment to the book that has been called “one of the publishing successes of the season.”
During the 8 a.m. hour, Fr. Brooks and several of the alumni featured in “Fraternity” shared their experiences on campus during a turbulent and racially-tense time in our nation’s history.
Read more about Fraternity,” Fr. Brooks, and the extraordinary group of black alumni featured in the book — including Clarence Thomas ’71, Supreme Court justice; Edward P. Jones ’72, Pulitzer Prize winner for literature; Theodore Wells ’72, one of the nation’s most successful defense attorneys; Stanley Grayson ’72, former New York City deputy mayor who broke the color bar on Wall Street; and Eddie Jenkins ’72, who played for the Miami Dolphins during their 1972 perfect season.
|View two web exclusive videos on the “Today” show website »|
|Learn more about “Fraternity,” Fr. Brooks, and the extraordinary group of black alumni featured in the book, read an excerpt, buy the book, and see reviews and media coverage »|
|In Memoriam: Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J. ’49, 1923-2012 »|
|Photo Gallery: Former Holy Cross President Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J. ’49, Laid to Rest »|
|Photo Gallery: Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J. ’49, 1923-2012 »|
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