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Statement by the Vice President on the Death of Dr. Benjamin Hooks

April 16, 2010

Jill and I are deeply saddened by the loss of a true civil rights hero, Benjamin Hooks. As head of the NAACP from 1977-1992, and throughout a distinguished legal career, his voice stood out among a generation of African-American men and women seeking together to eliminate racism and create a fairer, more just America for our nation's children than the one Benjamin inherited as a child in Memphis, Tennessee. He was an ordained minister and he used the power of faith to inspire others to believe in the importance of civil rights—not just for the sake of black men and women, but for America as a whole. Benjamin once said that, "You can read the history of a country through its actions." Benjamin's actions helped write a better history. Those who follow his lead will help build a better future.

Joseph R. Biden, Statement by the Vice President on the Death of Dr. Benjamin Hooks Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/320837

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