Dr. Benjamin Hooks – Leading Civil Rights Pioneer – Dies at 85


Dr. Benjamin Hooks
Dr. Benjamin Hooks

(Taylor Media Services) Dr. Benjamin Hooks – one of the leading figures in the Black struggle for civil rights in America – died in Memphis, Tennessee last week. The former executive director of the NAACP was 85 years-old. Hooks is survived by his wife Frances and their family.

Hooks had a long distinguished career in the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to his role in the NAACP – America’s largest civil rights organization -Hooks served as a civil rights attorney, minister, judge and was the first Black member of the Federal Communications Commission. The Memphis, Tennessee-native was also a recipient of the Presidential Freedom Award.

Regarding the struggle for civil rights, Hooks once told Ebony magazine,

“Black Americans are not defeated. If anyone thinks that we are going to stop agitating, they had better think again. If anyone thinks we are going to stop litigating, they had better close the courts. If anyone thinks that we are not going to demonstrate and protest, they had better role up the sidewalks.”

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