ADL Mourns The Passing Of Dr. Benjamin Hooks

New York, NY, April 16, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks, a passionate voice for justice and civil rights. 

Robert G. Sugarman, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We mourn the loss of Dr. Benjamin Hooks. As the leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 15 years and a fighter for equality and civil liberties throughout his life, Dr. Hooks spoke out consistently against racism and intolerance. His leadership of the NAACP was characterized by a willingness to reach out to others and build bridges. ADL was honored to consider Dr. Hooks a partner and friend and appreciated his uplifting keynote remarks at a number of our national meetings.

When President George W. Bush presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Hooks in 2007, he quoted him as having once said: "You've got to believe that tomorrow somehow can be, and will be, better than today." Of course, it takes more than belief – building a better tomorrow takes determination and action – and Dr. Hooks' extraordinary contributions to the civil rights movement helped create that better tomorrow.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.