Joe R. Hicks, American social activist, Died at 75

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Joe R. Hicks was born on July 1941, and died on August 28, 2016.

He was an African-American political commentator and community activist.

Joe was vice president of Community Advocates Inc., and served as the executive director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission from 1997 to 2001, under Mayor Richard Riordan.

He had written for the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Jewish Journal, and National Review, and frequently appeared as a television commentator.

Hicks hosted a Saturday evening radio show on the Los Angeles radio station KFI; his final show was January 31, 2009.

Hicks was a regular contributor to Pajamas Media via their PJTV.com online video site, where he hosted a weekly show called “The Hicks File”.

During 1996, Hicks debated David Duke at California State University, Northridge over Proposition 209.

Joe Hicks was the vice president of Community Advocates Inc., a political think tank based in Los Angeles.

Hicks served as a member of the California Advisory Panel to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Joe hosted the “The Joe Hicks Show”, from 2006 to 2009 a weekly Los Angeles radio talk show on KFI AM 640.

During 1991, he became the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Martin Luther King Jr., and served until 1997.

Hicks had served as the executive director of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, under then-Mayor Richard Riordan, from 1997 to 2001.

He also served for three years as a member of the Board of Governors for the California State Bar, stepping down in 2002.

He was married with two daughters.

He died at a hospital in Santa Monica, California from complications from surgery.

Joe R. Hicks passed away at 75 years old.

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