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Civil Rights Leader Benjamin Hooks Dies

 

Benjamin Hooks the longtime Civil rights leader and the former executive director of the NAACP has died.

State Rep. Ulysses Jones who was a member of the church where Hooks was pastor, told news outlets that  leader died early Thursday at his home, following a long illness.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush in 2007 and helped the NAACP create an initiative to expand employment opportunities for blacks in Major League Baseball.

Hooks was 85.

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  • urdead2me

    RIP – Benjamin Hooks, 85, led the NAACP from 77-92. In his last speech he urged “Remember where crime abounds & dope proliferates; where babies are having babies, our brothers & sisters are crying to us: Is anyone listening? Does anyone care?” http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/rip-benjamin-hooks/

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