Benjamin L. Hooks
Federal Communications Commission
1972-1977

Ben Hooks seatedFCC card


One early morning in 1972, Benjamin Hooks received a call from Howard Baker, Republican senator from Tennessee. Baker informed Hooks that he intended to make Hooks the first Black nominee for the Federal Communications Commission. At first, Hooks, suspicious of adjoining himself to the Nixon administration, declined the offer but after discussing the matter with his wife, Hooks changed his mind and accepted the nomination. Read more


pdf-icon Interview on the Today Show with Bill Monroe September 19,1972



Letter to Ben Hooks


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