Detroit: Civil Rights Leader Benjamin Hooks Body to Lie in Repose

Detroit: Civil Rights Leader Benjamin Hooks Body to Lie in Repose

Published April 19, 2010

 

DETROIT (AP) — Civil rights leader Benjamin L. Hooks will lie in repose at a Detroit church where he once ministered.

The Detroit News reports that Hooks' body will lie in repose Monday at the Greater New Mount Moriah Baptist Church, where he was pastor from 1964 to 1994. Funeral services will be Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn.

The 85-year-old former lawyer, judge and NAACP director died Thursday in Memphis.

In 1965 he was appointed to a newly created seat on the Tennessee Criminal Court, making him the first black judge since Reconstruction in a state trial court anywhere in the South.

Hooks took over as the NAACP's executive director at a time when the organization's stature had diminished in 1977. By the time he left as executive director in 1992, the group had rebounded, with membership growing by several hundred thousand.

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Written by <P>By the Associated Press</P>

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