(CNN) - Benjamin L. Hooks, a civil rights leader who led the NAACP from 1977 to 1992, has died, said Leila McDowell, the vice president for communication at the NAACP.
The cause of death was not immediately known, McDowell said Thursday.
Hooks was "a vocal campaigner for civil rights in the United States," said the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1925 and grew up in the segregated South.
Thank you sir for your service to America. Few will give you credit, not recognizing the benefit to the entire country of the NAACP.
Only because of the courage and vision of someone like you can the US Constitution truly live up to it's lofty words. By advancing the credibility of the Constitution, you have been more of a Patriot than many of the blowhards claiming to "love America".
May God bless your soul.