4.16.2010

The passing of two Black Icons: Houston Forward Times Newspaper publisher Lenora Carter and NAACP legend Dr. Benjamin Hooks

Mrs. Lenora Carter
(Blogger's Note: I had to take this moment to show my appreciation for these two Black icons who paved the way for us in so many ways. I knew Mrs. Carter personally and she ran many of my stories in her newspaper. I never met Dr. Hooks, but I learned of him and studied his legacy when I was in college.)

Style Magazine Newswire:  Houston Forward Times Newspaper announces that the CEO and Publisher, Lenora “Doll” Carter, who guided the newspaper since 1971, died suddenly on Saturday, April 10th at her home. On Friday, April 16th the body will lie in state starting at 12 Noon at Holman Street Baptist Church, 3501 Holman Street, Houston, Texas 77004 with a celebration to be held Friday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 17th at Holman Street Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m.

The Houston Forward Times Newspaper, the South’s Largest Independently Owned and Published African-American newspaper was founded in January1960, by her late husband, Julius Carter, at which time Mrs. Carter served as General Manager and Advertising Director. After Julius’ death in 1971, Mrs. Carter became Publisher and CEO of the company.

Lenora Carter was born in Corrigan, Texas. She is currently married to James McDaniel and is the mother of two daughters, Constance Carter and Karen Carter Richards. She has three grandchildren – Jesse Frazier, II, Chelsea White, and Nykayla Richards. She graduated from McNary High School in McNary, Arizona and attended Arizona State University majoring in Business Administration. [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]

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NAACP MOURNS THE PASSING OF CIVIL RIGHTS GIANT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO EMERITUS DR. BENJAMIN LAWSON HOOKS

BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP family is deeply saddened by the passing of Executive Director and CEO Emeritus Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks. Dr. Benjamin Hooks served as Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP from 1977-1992.

Dr. Benjamin Hooks
“Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks was among the greatest Americans of the 20th Century. He was a giant of hope and humanity who, as Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP, expanded the circle of opportunity in our nation for millions by greatly accelerating the desegregation of our largest corporations. He was a crusading lawyer—the first Black judge in Tennessee since Reconstruction— who confronted Southern Justice on behalf of the down trodden and oppressed. He was a courageous and committed preacher of the Word who, as chairman of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights, insisted that our nation acknowledge and respect the dignity of all Americans regardless of race and ethnicity, as well as gender and sexual orientation. He was a great organizer, communicator, and mentor to legions of young leaders who continue to define our nation today. He was simply the greatest living person to have served as Executive Director and CEO of the NAACP. We will miss him dearly” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.

“The NAACP is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks. Dr. Hooks led this organization to new heights, and we will continue to honor his legacy by fighting on, in his words with truth, justice and righteousness on our side,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Not only was Dr. Hooks the NAACP Executive Director and CEO Emeritus but he was a civil rights icon and my mentor and personal friend. He taught me to stand up for what I believe in; even in the face of adversity, and that the struggle for civil and human rights for all Americans never ends. Dr. Hooks was a giant in the civil rights movement, in the NAACP and in my life, it is in his memory and the memory of all the other civil rights soldiers who have passed that I will lead the NAACP into the second century,” concluded Brock. [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]