On the Occasion of Awarding of Doctorate Degree.
… Some years ago Carter G. Woodson with a small band of followers founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, a movement to rescue the truth about the Negro from oblivion. One of the stalwarts who is carrying on that work today is the gentleman whom Lincoln is honored in honoring today.
Albert Neal Dow Brooks, you are the son of the late Walter Henderson Brooks and Eve Holmes Brooks. Your father, of the Class of 1873, was one of the most distinguished graduates of Lincoln University. You hold A.B. and A.M. degrees from Howard and have done additional years of graduate study at New York University. You have been a teacher in the Washington schools since 1928 and you are now principal of Garnet-Patterson Junior High School. You are a member of various boards and committees of the District of Columbia School System. You are an indefatigable civic worker who gives of himself freely to causes which seek the betterment of mankind.
As Editor of the Negro History Bulletin and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, thou are carrying on in sterling fashion the work so nobly advanced by Carter G. Woodson.
Mr. President, because he is writing history without prejudice, because he is rescuing truth from oblivion, because he is recounting the past as a guide to our future; I present to you for the degree, Doctor of Pedagogy, honoris causa, Albert Neal Dow Brooks.