Benjamin Hooks Death?

The nation is mourning the death of Benjamin Hooks.
Benjamin L. Hooks, who as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 16 years championed minorities in an increasingly conservative political era, died at his home in Memphis. He was 85.

Although I am sadden by his passing, I have such huge memories of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks.

The world will sorely miss Benjamin Hooks, what was his cause of death?

Dr. Hooks was a lawyer and preacher who became one of the country's great civil rights leaders. In 2007, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country.

Anyone know the cause of death?

asked by Writer in Politics | 2659 views | 04-15-2010 at 05:57 PM

Hooks passed away at his Nashville, Tenn., home following a long illness.

Dr. Hooks was the first black judge since the Civil War when appointed to the Tennessee Criminal Court in the 1960’s. Richard Nixon then appointed him in the 1970’s to become the first black commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

While best known for his leadership role with the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group, Mr. Hooks had a varied career. He was a Baptist minister who headed two churches. He was a lawyer and a criminal court judge — the first black to be appointed to the bench in his native Tennessee. He was the first of his race to be named to the five-member Federal Communications Commission.

It was 1977 when he took over at the NAACP, telling Ebony Magazine after he became director, “Black Americans are not defeated. The civil rights movement is not dead”. In his time there membership grew along with the group’s influence and awareness again.

Benjamin Hooks was a man with boundless energy, great strength and integrity. He moved the ball forward. He lived a life of great meaning and never missed a beat.

Hooks was born in Memphis, served in the Army during World War II and graduated from the DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. In 2007, he was feted at the White House when President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given out by the federal government.

Benjamin Hooks will forever be known as the fiery, outspoken and sometimes flashy leader of the NAACP (1977 to 1992) at the pinnacle of its activism on the heels of the civil rights movement and at the opening of an era of incredible political and social advances. He was known for fighting within the organization’s ranks as he was for fighting injustice.

Among Hooks' other achievements were the creation of a program to increase job opportunities for black in major league baseball, and his program to foster corporate investment in black communities.

answered by Red | 04-15-2010 at 06:08 PM

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