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A mentally handicapped African American was quickly arrested. He was removed from the city to await trial, but a mob, carrying guns, quickly tracked him down and demanded that the policeman guarding him hand him over, which they did. A mob of some 500, in cars and on foot, assembled at the place where the girl had been murdered, and the suspect was quickly brought to the spot and burned before being dismembered. 35 BENJAMIN HOOKS There was little public protest against this display of mob violence, of a violation of the civil liberties that a country on the brink of World War I claimed to value so highly.

They were married on March 21, 1951. They later adopted a daughter, Patricia. Hooks remained committed to opposing and ending segregation. When the NAACP organized boycotts of businesses and restaurant sit-ins in Memphis in the late 1950s and early 1960s to protest discriminatory policies, Hooks frequently participated. ” Hooks also served on the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), an organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr. The organization united people from different political, social, religious, and ideological backgrounds with one goal—to support nonviolent activities that challenged racism.

B. Du Bois to join their movement. On May 31, 1909, nearly 300 prominent educators, economists, anthropologists, and philosophers gathered to form what was initially called the National Negro Committee, promising to work to improve the lives of African Americans. Nearly a year later, on May 5, 1910, the committee voted to change the name of their organization to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The organization, to be based in New York City (later it would be moved to Baltimore), would focus on providing legal aid, organizing meetings, and investigating injustices.

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