Raise Up Extraordinary Women: Monika Brooks

Monika Brooks

December’s daily #OneGoodThing was dedicated to celebrating extraordinary women I know. Many of the 31 bold, beautiful, brave women featured shared stories of perseverance after abuse, addiction, miscarriages, illness, and loss. They represent various fields and backgrounds, and I admire each for their passion and strength. The series was so deeply inspiring that I felt it needed to live on as a weekly feature in 2020. Each Monday, I’ll introduce you to another incredible superhero—including artists, businesswomen, union organizers, nurses, writers, teachers, movie makers, designers, reporters, and all-around badasses. It’s about finding the extraordinary in each of us!

Monika Brooks is a community member and advocate for literacy, racial diversity and autism awareness in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the founder of Great Books for Our Kids, a community organization that promotes literacy and education through interactive community building. She is also the Executive Director of the Mocha Autism Network in which she works to spread awareness of autism within communities of color. A member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Monika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Black Studies from San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies. She is currently working towards an advanced degree in Communication Theory.

1. What did you want to be “when you grew up?”  I actually didn’t think I would “grow up.” I had a life that felt insignificant.

2. What makes you the most proud of yourself?  I’m the most proud when I can teach others, especially people younger than me. I’m especially proud when young people actually listen. It makes me feel like I have something to contribute to the conversation.

3. What darkness have you overcome? How did you find strength?  I have been sexually attacked as a child and at 18. I also survived physical and mental relationship abuse. I am still learning what my “strength” looks like. it’s a continuing process. My first impulse is to keep going with the hope that it works out.

4. Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.?  I’m usually listening to records in my house and reading.

5. What makes you smile the most?  I love when young people like my son and others find their greatness.

Bonus: What advice would you give your younger self?  The things people say about you, even those close to you is not true. You have worth and you have earned your space in the universe.

Today’s #OneGoodThing is sharing this extraordinary woman, Monika Brooks, with all of you! Thanks to the Extraordinary Dana Mathes for nominating Monika! We are stronger together, so let’s shine a light on our extraordinary sisters! If you’d like to participate or nominate a woman to participate, please send me a note or leave a comment! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Kindness is Everything.

Day 20 of 366. And Day 1,481 in a row (here’s the first 366, & the following 365, & the third year of 365 good things, & the 4th year of good things)!

On this day…

One comment

  1. Monika is a Blessing to my life…I met her when she was in Highschool and we have grown to love and support each other with conversation and tears knowing WE ARE NOT BROKEN… God put us in each other’s path to be the Strength in tough days, so with her corky personality I love “Moni” as is, I would only change one thing… driving distance so she knows I am nearby not 3,000 miles away. So I ask the Bay area folks, take care of this precious gem I call my SistaFriend for a Lifetime.

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