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Mr. Hooks talks about his childhood in Shreveport, Louisiana, his introduction to photography, his very first camera, and his first job working for local newspapers. He describes his time in the Air Force, which is what brought him to work at San Bernardino’s Norton Air Force Base and later to work in missile defense programs and the moon shot. Mr. Hooks later became a photographer taking photos of many politicians and social events for local newspapers. He describes some memories of San Bernardino in the 1940s, the importance of the region’s Black newspapers. Finally, Mr. Hooks talks about current day struggles such as Black Lives Matter and living through COVID-19.


Interview conducted by Giana Mitchell (University of Redlands) and Cheryl Brown.