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.
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.
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.