Memphis Moment: Frances Dancy Hooks

04-22-2010: Frances Dancy Hooks - a Memphis Moment, by Steve Pike

Memphis, TN – Frances Dancy Hooks was born in 1927 in Memphis. She received degrees from Fisk and Tennessee State and has studied at the Memphis Theological Seminary. She has worked with her late husband, Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, a president of the N.A.A.C.P., in a fight for racial equality.

Frances Hooks has been active at all levels of the N.A.A.C.P. and has been on the board of the National Scholarship Fund for Negro Students. Locally, she served on the Advisory Board at Rhodes College and at the Memphis Symphony League.

Frances and Benjamin Hooks devoted their lives to working to improve the quality of life for all people. We join the whole nation in mourning the loss of Dr. Hooks, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his widow, Frances Dancy Hooks.

For more information about the struggle for racial equality in the Mid-South, visit the Pink Palace ( and the National Civil Rights Museum (