HAAMI students at monthly session.
L to R: Ida B. Wells, Crowd at Hooks Event, Fayette County Civil Rights Movement, Andrew J. Young. Center: Hooks African American Male Initiative.
Muslim Ban Protest in Washington DC.
Hooks Institute Documentary Films. Left: Ida B. Wells. Center: The Civil Rights Movement: A Cultural Revolution. Right: Duty of the Hour.
African Americans in Fayette County, TN line up to register to vote. Circa 1959.
Benjamin L. Hooks speaks passionately to crowd.
Crowd at Hooks Institute Event

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute

2018 JOIN HANDS FOR CHANGE BENEFIT!Hooks African American Male Initiative members inside retro television.

March 1, 2018, 6 pm Reception, 7 pm Program
The Holiday Inn on the University of Memphis Campus
3700 Central Ave, Memphis, TN

Click here to purchase tickets to the 2018 Join Hands for Change Benefit!

The 2018 Join Hands for Change Benefit will be hosted by Memphis radio personality Stan Bell, a native Memphian who has grown into one of Memphis's most energetic radio personalities over his 31-year career. A recipient of the prestigious Marconi Award for Broadcast Excellence, Bell can be heard weekdays from 3 pm ­ 7 pm on V 101.1 and 1070 WDIA.

Bill Hurd and Ensemble, jazz musicians will provide music and accompany student musician performances. Hurd is a nationally renowned jazz saxophonist and recording artist. He has recorded with music legends Maurice White, Kirk Whalum and Isaac Hayes.

The program will follow the late night talk show format popularized by great television entertainers. This format will include students, featured guests, commercials on the work of the Hooks Institute, and entertainment.

Proceeds from our 2018 Join Hands for Change Donor Benefit help fund Hooks Institute programs like the Hooks African American Male Initiative, which focuses on increasing the retention and graduation rates of African American Males Attending the University of Memphis.

Please contact the Hooks Institute at (901) 678-3974 or bhievents@memphis.edu with requests for sponsorship packages or for ticket information.

Our Mission: Teaching, Studying and Promoting Civil Rights and Social Change

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change promotes its mission of teaching, studying and promoting civil rights and social change primarily through teaching, research, innovative campaigns, and community engagement. For twenty years, the Hooks Institute has developed an impressive track record of educating, engaging, and empowering the community.


2017 Hooks Policy Papers Bending the Arc Towards Justice

The 2017 Hooks Institute Policy Papers, Bending the Arc Toward Justice: Including the Excluded, are available to read online. Click here to read the 2017 Hooks Policy Papers! 

The Hooks Institute Policy Papers use national conversations about critical civil and human rights issues as a starting point to discuss and propose solutions to, contemporary issues of race, class, public policy, and social justice.

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Protecting and promoting civil rights and social justice requires vigilance by each of us. The Hooks Institute encourages you to stay engaged with our efforts to promote a just and fair society by joining our mailing list! Click here to sign up for the Hooks Institute mailing list!

Uplift Memphis, Uplift the Nation

 We can strengthen communities by aggressively tackling inequality, especially disparities related to poverty, race, health, and the economy.

Through its own initiatives and through partnerships with business, university, and community stakeholders, the Hooks Institute is prepared to lead the effort to make Memphis and the Mid-South a pioneer in confronting social justice issues. The prevailing condition of people in Memphis and the Mid-South creates an urgent call for immediate action. For the Hooks Institute, that moment is now.

Our Collective Efforts to Create A Stronger Community (2017)

With an unwavering commitment to equality for all we are prepared to Uplift Memphis: Uplift the Nation. We Invite You to Share Our Vision for A Bold and Daring Future!

Persistent and growing economic and racial inequalities demand a grand-scale collaboration among universities, businesses, government, community leaders, and others. No man is an island, poverty, and racism negatively impact all communities, races, and ethnic groups. We must address the weariness many among us face under the burden of inequality and injustice.