A revered civil rights activist, attorney and minister, Hooks was the first African-American criminal court judge in Tennessee since the Reconstruction era and the first black appointee to the Federal Communications Commission.
Hooks also served as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 15 years, and was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
During an interview with the National Visionary Leadership Project before his April 2010 passing, Hooks reflected on two separate occurrences where he encountered racism from whites. And he also touched on the hardships faced by blacks in America.
Check out the interview below.