The Other Commission Race
Reinvented Democrat Henri Brooks vies with underdog Novella Smith Arnold of the GOP
July 19, 2006 at 4:00AM
A local wag (okay, it was me) used to jest that Henri Brooks was so determined to get busy pursuing a career in public service that she dropped out of charm school early. And there was a time when such a characterization rang true of a legislator who often appeared humorless and single-minded as she pursued goals that revolved around themes of racial justice -- especially the application of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill to all public issues where racial discrimination appeared likely or even possible.