NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Benjamin L. Hooks, a champion of minorities and the poor who as executive director of the NAACP increased the group’s stature, has died. He was 85.

From NBCNewYork.com: Hundreds of officials and influential leaders are participating in an annual national convention hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, which began Wednesday morning.

From the Washington Post: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of […]

From Boston.com: For thousands of African-Americans fleeing the bonds of slavery in antebellum America, the escape routes of the Underground Railroad that crisscrossed New England were lifelines to liberty.

ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon Joseph Lowery was in stable condition an Atlanta hospital because of respiratory problems.

From AJC.com: The 20-month construction clock began ticking for the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial in Washington late last month.