Death of Benjamin L. Hooks

January 31, 1925 - April 15, 2010
Memphis, Tennessee | Age 85

Civil Rights Leader who boosted NAACP, dead at 85
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By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press Writer


Civil rights leader Benjamin L. Hooks, who shrugged off courtroom slurs as a young lawyer before earning a pioneering judgeship and reviving a flagging NAACP, died Thursday in Memphis. He was 85.

Across the country, political leaders and Hooks' peers in the civil rights movement remembered his remarkably wide-ranging accomplishments and said he'd want the fight for social justice to continue. State Rep. Ulysses...

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