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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Reverend Benjamin Hooks

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Minister and civil rights activist Reverend Benjamin Hooks was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 31, 1925. After earning his B.A. from Howard University, he attended DePaul University, earning his J.D. degree in 1948. After starting his own practice, in 1965, he became the first black criminal court judge in Tennessee. Hooks was also ordained as a minister in 1956 and divided his time between n Memphis and Detroit. In 1972, Hooks was appointed by President Richard Nixon as the first African American on the Federal Communications Commission. In 1977, he became the CEO of the NAACP where he remained for fifteen years. After leaving the NAACP, Hooks taught at Fisk University as a professor of social justice. The University of Memphis honored him with establishment of the Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change. He received numerous other honors. Hooks passed away on April 15, 2010 at age 85.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
120 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Reverend Benjamin Hooks
Reverend Benjamin Hooks
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2003 July 24.
Description
1 online resource (4 video files (1 hr., 59 min., 5 sec.)) : sound, color
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