The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who counted Bishop Brookins as his mentor, expresses condolences to the Rev. Rosalynn and Sir-Wellington Brookins.
Farewell to Bishop Hamel Hartford Brookins
(all photos courtesy of FAME Church/Clayton Everett)
Ten Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church attended the service for retired Bishop H. H. Brookins. Bishop John H. Bryant (left) of the Fourth Episcopal District officiated and Bishop T. Larry Kirkland, Sr., of the Fifth Episcopal District delivered the eulogy. Bishop Brookins was a mentor to Bishop Kirkland and appointed him as the first pastor of Brookins Community A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles in 1977.
The Rev. Francine, Steven, Sir-Wellington and the Rev. Rosalynn Brookins.
Seated from right are California Gov. Jerry Brown, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Percy Pickney, Senior Rep. for U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein; and Sentinel Executive Publisher Danny Bakewell, Sr.
The Rev. Dr. Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray was appointed by Bishop Brookins as pastor of First A.M.E. Church in 1977.
The Brookins family released doves in front of Brookins A.M.E. as church members look on.
Many clergy from throughout the country attended the service.