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The Nation

April 13, 1987

Nearly three-quarters of black men between 18 and 25 either will be dead, in prison, unemployed or addicted to drugs within 13 years, a black leader said. Benjamin L. Hooks, executive director of the NAACP, told a civil rights conference in New Orleans that drugs are the greatest enemy of black people. Raising living standards and achieving equality for blacks remain a struggle because people are more difficult to motivate than in the 1960s, he said.

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