Benjamin Hooks, a civil rights leader and former executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, died at 85 at his home in Memphis. He had apparently been ill for a long time, according to a New York Times report. Hooks was best known for his work championing minorities, but before that he was a Baptist minister, and a lawyer, and a criminal court judge. He was the first African American to be a judge in Tennessee, and was also the first to be named...Read Full Story
Benjamin Hooks (January 31, 1925 - April 15, 2010) was a civil rights leader and executive director of the NAACP for 16 years. He died at 85 in April 2010. See more about Benjamin Hooks here.