MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Of his 85 years, Dr. Benjamin Hooks spent nearly six decades with his wife, Frances. After his death Thursday, she spoke openly about the life of her late husband.
"I think he accomplished far more than he thought he could accomplish," she said. "But people were good and were accepting, accepted him and so I think he a good job of helping mankind, black, white, green, and purple."
A giant of the civil rights movement, Hooks had recently fallen ill. According to his wife, Hooks' time had come, and they were both ready for it.
"I was prepared because we had talked about, you know, what life was like," she said. "And we'd talk about the good times we had and whatever life had thrown our way. And I think we adjusted."
Benjamin Hooks died shortly after 12:30 a.m. Thursday, peacefully, and according to his wife, as peace.
"He realized that there was an end to living at some point, but he had enough faith in himself and in god above that he accepted the reality of it," she said.
As for the future?
"I just ask that we would be remembered in prayers of those who knew us and keep us. Ask God to keep us in his care and keeping," Frances Hooks said.
You can watch our complete interview with Frances Hooks in the video player on this page.