Robert L. Brooks, Jr. was born December 8, 1951 in the Vultare section of North Hampton County, North Carolina. He is the second of four children, two boys and two girls. He attended public schools, graduating from Gaston High School in 1974. While in high school, Robert was active in numerous organizations, including the school chorus and Black History Club. He was also an active member of the baseball and football teams.
After graduation, Robert continued his education, at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, studying history and political science. During college, he was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, serving two terms as president, and on the staff of the “A & T Register Collegiate Newspaper”, receiving two awards, best new reporter and the Editor’s Award for Excellence, for his service as an investigative reporter, photographer, and Associate Sports Editor. He received a Bachelor of Science in May 1974.
Brooks served a tour in the U.S. Army and has been employed by several major corporations. He is currently employed as a senior park ranger with the City of Newport News, Virginia. He is active in all facets of the Parks Division, including providing interpretative programs in the parks, at museums, and in the community; in support of tourism.
Robert Brooks resides in Hampton. He is a member of Queen Street Baptist Church. He serves as a Trustee, and as a member of the feeding, choir, and youth ministries of the church. He is the proud father of three sons, Robert III, Zachary, and Joshua. In his spare time, Robert volunteers in the community at Colonial Williamsburg and conducts African American Heritage tours. He enjoys stewardship for the Lord and all aspects of history.