ASU Black History Month Convocation

A well known civil rights leader comes to Montgomery as part of a Black History celebration at Alabama State University.  Benjamin Hooks participated in the civil rights movement and he also served as a former executive director of the NAACP.  During the '50s and '60s Hooks played an active role in the civil rights movement.  He participated in marches and restaurant sit-ins.  These days he recalls how those events helped shape this country.

Mr. Hooks spoke at ASU Tuesday morning during it's Black History Month Convocation.  During an interview, Hooks told reporters that Montgomery played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.  He says, the arrest of Rosa Parks during the bus boycott, pushed the civil rights movement to the national stage.  "What happened in Montgomery was the movement was transferred, transliterated from a movement of a large number of black citizens involved in a legal level.  Montgomery showed the average man or woman he could have apart," says Hooks.

Hooks currently serves as an adjunct professor for the political science department of the University of Memphis, where the Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change was established in 1996.