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Longtime Civil Rights Leader Benjamin Hooks Dies At 85



NEW YORK  -- The National Urban League today joins the nation in mourning the loss of civil rights pioneer Benjamin Hooks.

He diversified and expanded the role of the NAACP and was instrumental in making it the influential and respected institution it is today. He worked closely with National Urban League past presidents Vernon E. Jordon, Jr., and John E. Jacob to form a cooperative partnership that has grown and strengthened over the years. 

He overcame racism and prejudice in the segregated South of his childhood and youth and dedicated his life in service to his community, conquering barriers so others could succeed.

“His courage and dedication to the movement are unmatched, as he faced death threats at one extreme, and apathy at the other,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “He cautioned us never to forget the struggles of our forbearers, and never to take for granted our gains. He challenged us all to be our best, and in his memory we renew our commitment to social and economic justice and personal empowerment.”

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CONTACT: Teresa Candori
(212) 558-5433/(646) 319-0891
National Urban League, 120 Wall Street 8th Floor, New York, NY 10005-3904 United States

 



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