H.Res. XX: Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks

H.Res. XX

Honoring the life and achievements of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks

Sponsor
Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Date
April 19, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. ___ is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on April 20, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. ___ would resolve that the House of Representatives honor the life and achievements of Dr. Benjamin Lawson Hooks, for his commitment to justice on the bench in Memphis, TN, his strong work with the NAACP to formulate strategies for eliminating barriers to civil rights, and for his leadership in promoting equal opportunity for all.

Background

According to the resolution's findings, in 1965, he was appointed by Tennessee Governor Frank G. Clement to serve as a criminal judge in Shelby County, Memphis, becoming the first African American criminal court judge in the state of Tennessee, and from 1972-1977, President Richard Nixon appointed Rev. Hooks to the Federal Communications Commission, making him the first African American appointed commissioner.