Thursday, April 15

Benjamin L. Hooks, Civil Rights Leader, Dies at 85

As reported in Associated Press, Benjamin L. Hooks, a golden-tongued orator who led of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 16 years, died Thursday at the age of 85.

The civil right leader Benjamin Hooks died at his home in Memphis, following a long illness said by the State Rep. Ulysses Jones, a member of the church where Mr. Hooks was pastor.

Hooks careers were Baptist minister who headed two churches, lawyer and a criminal court judge, the first black to be appointed to the bench in his native Tennessee, the first of his race to be named to the five-member Federal Communications Commission and he was a businessman who years ago owned several fried chicken franchises in Memphis.
Related Posts with Thumbnails