Daily Archive: April 22, 2010


‘For a life well-lived’…Benjamin Hooks laid to rest in Memphis

by Brittany FitzpatrickReal Times News Service “It sounds like we’re having church here this morning,” said Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, pastor of Monumental Baptist Church, as he welcomed the approximately 1,000 attendants to the service “Celebrating the Life and Legacy” of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks. There were luminaries aplenty among those who attended the Wednesday (April 21) farewell at the Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. Among those present were: Dick Gregory; Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Interim Mayor of Shelby County Joe Ford; University of Memphis President Shirley Raines; NAACP President Benjamin Jealous; National Urban League President Marc H. Morial; NAACP Board Chairman Roslyn M. Brock; Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis; Rep. John Lewis (D-GA); Michael Strautmanis, Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement; NAACP President Emeritus, Hazel N. Dukes; and Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. During farewell services for Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, his widow, Frances Dancy Hooks, showed the strength, resolve and grace that her legendary husband often spoke of. Dr. Hooks, who died in Memphis on April 15, was buried on Wednesday (April 21.) (Photo by Warren Roseborough/Tri-State Defender)