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Monday, April 19, 2010

Benjamin Hooks: January 31, 1925-April 15, 2010

American civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks has passed away at the age of 85. From 1977 to 1992 he served as the executive director of the NAACP, and he was also a Baptist minister and an attorney. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November, 2007. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, that city's mail library branch is named in his honor.

Burial information: Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

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