Benjamin L. Hooks


Age: 85

executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1977 to 1992 who as a champion of minorities and the poor had increased the group's stature after he took over a group that was $1 million in debt and had shrunk to 200,000 members from nearly a half-million in the 1950's and 1960's.

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Born: January 31, 1925

Died: April 15, 2010

Memphis, Tennessee