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Legislation #: 100356 Introduction Date: 4/22/2010
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 5/1/2010
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER SANDERS BROOK AND COUNCILMEMBER CURLS
Title: Expressing sympathy on the death of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks.

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4/22/2010 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/22/2010 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 100356

 

Expressing sympathy on the death of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks.

 

WHEREAS, the City of Kansas City, Missouri has learned of the passing of Benjamin L. Hooks on April 15, 2010; and

 

WHEREAS, Dr. Hooks was the former NAACP Executive Director and CEO who expanded the circle of opportunity in our nation for millions of people by greatly accelerating the desegregation of our largest corporations; and

 

WHEREAS, Dr. Hooks was pastor at the Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church from 1964 to 1994 and twice a month flew to Detroit to minister there even as he served as a Tennessee judge, Federal Communications Commissioner and a national civil rights leader; and

 

WHEREAS, under Dr. Hooks’ leadership, the NAACP led the way of pressuring Congress to pass the extension of such landmark legislation as the civil rights and voting rights bills and he grew the membership base by hundreds of thousands during his tenure; and

 

WHEREAS, Dr. Hooks was the first African-American to serve as a criminal court judge in Tennessee and to serve on the Federal Communications Commission and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2007, Dr. Hooks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work; and

 

WHEREAS, with great patriotism, Dr. Hooks led the day-to-day efforts to root out discrimination and injustice and work on behalf of equality and opportunity for all Americans for more than half a century; and

 

WHEREAS, the NAACP created the Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks Distinguished Service Award which is awarded to persons who promote equal opportunity through policies and programs; NOW, THEREFROE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby remember and honor Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks for his many contributions and that the Mayor and Council take special note of his passing; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to The Black Archives of Mid-America and the Fraternity Omega Psi Phi in token of the sadness felt by the Mayor and Council on this occasion.

 

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