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Born and raised in Rock Island, Thurgood Brooks is a passionate and dedicated community leader. 

He graduated from Rock Island High School in 2011 where he excelled academically and athletically. Thurgood played four years of football, serving as team captain. In his lone track season, he was a member of the 2011 state championship team in the 4x100 meter relay.

Upon graduating from Rocky, Thurgood attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale where he walked on the football team.

After three semesters, Thurgood accepted a football scholarship to William Penn University. Ultimately, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University-Macomb, majoring in History with a minor in political science. Immediately upon graduating from college, Thurgood returned home to get to work.

Thurgood Brooks is a community builder and organizer who believes deeply in the power of citizens to create positive change. He has spent his career advocating for youth, businesses, and the development of partnerships for the betterment of our community. Through his work as a Family Advocate at the Martin Luther King Center; football coach for Rock Island High School and the QC Steamwheelers; banker at Wells Fargo; financial representative at Modern Woodmen; member of the Rock Island Human Rights Commission; member of Rock Island County NAACP; member of the School Health Link board; and founder of two community-driven organizations (Tut Cities Education and Entertainment, and The Resolution), Thurgood has been able to work with community partners to bring people together. Importantly, he emphasizes collaborating with communities, rather than simply speaking on their behalf.

In the spring of 2021, with the help of a 21-person volunteer team, Thurgood received 48% of the vote in the Rock Island Mayoral race. In 2021, he was named Rock Island Citizen of the Year, and Community Caring Conference Individual Hero. He also received the 2019 Rock Island County NAACP Youth Development Image award, and the Rock Island Football Assistant Coach of the Year award (the only two-time winner, in 2019 and 2021), among others.

Throughout the spring and summer of 2021, Thurgood worked with the City of Rock Island to establish a Police Community Relations Commission in an effort to improve relationships between the police and citizens. Thurgood Brooks is currently working with the City of Rock Island to revitalize the ice skating rink at Longview Park. 



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