Rev. Dr. Benjamin Hooks

Posted by Al Hathaway Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another giant has left us to become one of our guardian angels, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Hooks. A preacher, a lawyer, and a civil rights advocate; he made his mark on the FCC and the NAACP. I remember when a group of media advocates filed an action against a local television station because of their programming and hiring practices. While he couldn't take a position on our lawsuit, his aide said that the FCC should look at it. That simple action cost the local television station tons of money in legal fees and forced them to elevate an African American to News Anchor, increase the number of behind the scenes technicians of color and added programing that addressed the needs of the local African American community. He was a tremendous man. As the President of the NAACP he caused all of American to recognize its significance and he managed the move to its current location in Baltimore, Maryland. May he enjoy the eternal presence of God in his Heavenly Kingdom.

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