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Benjamin Hooks Dead at 85

By Deena Bustillo on
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