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Civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks dies

DETROIT (WKOW) -- A lifelong civil rights leader has died.

Benjamin Hooks was a champion of minorities and the poor. Hooks was the first black appointee to the Federal communications commission in 1972.

In 1977, he took over the NAACP. Hooks declared the civil rights movement was not dead. Hundreds of thousands of new members joined under Hooks' watch.

In 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

Benjamin Hooks died early Thursday morning. He was 85.

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