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Black History Month: Benjamin L Hooks

Benjamin L. Hooks! Born in Memphis on January 31, 1925. The 5th of seven children. Hooks lived a distinguished life of servant-leadership. He is a graduate of Howard University & DePaul University Law School in Chicago.

Husband to Frances Daney Hooks.

Civil-rights activist & ordained minister.

Hooks went on to become the 1st Black appointed judge of Shelby County Criminal Court in 1965 as well as the 1st Black FCC commissioner in 1972.

On August 1,1977 he became the Executive Director of the NAACP. He served on the board of directors of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis and founded the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis.

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