“Today, we mourn the loss of Benjamin L. Hooks, a champion of equality who sought to expand opportunities for the African-American community and protect the freedoms of all Americans. Throughout his life, Mr. Hooks committed himself to service, as a minister to his church, a leader within his community, a distinguished professor with the University of Memphis, and as the revered Executive Director of the NAACP. Mr. Hooks reminded a generation of men and women that the fight for equality never ends, inspiring them to challenge discrimination through advancement and success. We will honor his work by continuing to take on his great cause.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, our thoughts and prayers are with the Hooks family.”