Civil Rights leader passes away

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    Former NAACP executive director Benjamin Hooks lost his battle with a severe illness this morning.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Former NAACP executive director Benjamin Hooks lost his battle with a severe illness this morning.
     
    Ulysses Jones, a state representative and member of Hooks’ church, said that the well-known civil rights activist passed away at his home on Thursday morning after struggling with a long-term illness, the
    Associated Press reports. The specifics of the illness were not disclosed.
     
    Benjamin Hooks is known for being one of the key leaders in the Civil Rights movement. Entering the position of director of the NAACP in 1977, Hooks took on the job of restoring balance and credibility to the struggling organization. Benjamin Hooks inspired many with his concerns of racial inequality and social injustices.
     
    President Barack Obama offered his condolences in a statement, calling Benjamina "a true trailblazer." 
     
    "Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks," the president said. "Our national life is richer for the time Dr. Hooks spent on this Earth.  And our union is more perfect for the way he spent it: giving a voice to the voiceless."

     

     

     

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