Benjamin L. Hooks
Federal Communications Commission

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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