Frances Hooks, widow of Dr. Benjamin Hooks, dies at age 88

Frances Hooks, widow of Dr. Benjamin Hooks, dies at age 88
Published: Jan. 14, 2016 at 6:28 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2016 at 10:40 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Francis Hooks, widow of Memphis pastor and civil rights leader Doctor Benjamin L. Hooks, died Thursday. She was 88 years old.

Hooks was an educator and co-founder of the Memphis Volunteer Placement program, which is an effort to bring volunteer counselors to work with African-American students.

Hooks made a name for herself in the Memphis City School system.

Her husband, Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, a minister, practicing attorney and civil rights activist, died April 15, 2010.

Congressman Steve Cohen released the following statement:

"I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Frances Hooks," Cohen said. "Mrs. Hooks was the love of Dr. Benjamin Hooks' life and the affection was mutual. She looked after him and was the perfect spouse, First Lady of the NAACP and Greater Middle Baptist Church, civil rights leader, and citizen of Memphis. Mrs. Hooks was also a founding member of the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis and did so much to empower children through her 24-year career as an educator and guidance counselor in Memphis. Hers was a life well-lived. I am fortunate to have been able to call both Dr. and Mrs. Hooks friends, and I send my condolences to the Hooks family."

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