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Ben Hooks

Benjamin Hooks

Benjamin Lawson Hooks was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 31, 1925 and died on April 15, 2010. Over the course of his distinguished life, Hooks was a lawyer, state judge, Baptist minister, civil rights activist, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, and and executive director of the NAACP. After retiring from NAACP leadership in 1992, Hooks founded the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis in 1996. The Institute’s fundamental purpose continues to be the teaching, studying and promotion of civil rights and social change.