In Memoriam: Benjamin Hooks 1925 -2010

15 Apr

DePaul remembers Dr. Benjamin Hooks, one of the university’s most notable alumni, who passed away today at age 85. Army veteran, minister and vocal leader in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s,  Hooks graduated from DePaul College of Law in 1948.

Hooks  served as executive director of the NAACP from 1977 to 1982, and was the first African-American to be appointed commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission in 1972.

Benjamin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil honor, on Nov. 5, 2007. The White House citation says that he “has dedicated his life to equality, opportunity, and justice. He is a pioneer of the Civil Rights movement, and his efforts to extend the full promise of America to all its citizens have helped bring our nation closer to its founding ideals.”

2 Responses to “In Memoriam: Benjamin Hooks 1925 -2010”

  1. urdead2me April 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm #

    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?”

  2. Kevin Baker April 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Dr. Hooks leaves behind a great legacy which has enabled many of us to move ahead in our lives without regard to race or creed. Dr. Hooks will be missed for his contributions as well as for his character of a man.

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