NYC Street To Be Renamed in Honor of Carlos Cooks

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(Photos: Twitter\Google) On Friday, May 7, at 12:00pm, NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez will oversee the renaming of a street to honor the legacy of Black Nationalist Carlos Cooks. The northeast corner of West 166th Street and Broadway will be co-named Carlos Cooks Way. Carlos A. Cooks was born in the Dominican Republic on June 23, 1913 to James Henry Cooks and Alice Cooks, who were originally from the neighboring island of St. Martin. His education took place mostly in Santo Domingo until moving to New York in 1929 where he went on to higher learning. Cooks was known for his love of sports and his expertise in boxing. His intellect was recognized from an early age and he attended the leadership school in the Voodoo Sacré Society.Cooks was introduced to Marcus Garvey's Black Nationalist fraternal organizations, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) and African Communities League, by his uncle and father, who were among the many St. Martiners who were Garvey followers. At age nineteen, Cooks was officially recognized by Garvey and became a vital member of the movement.