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April, 2015

April 9


Annual Join Hands for Change Gala

April 9, 2015, 7:00pm-11:00pm

The Columns, One Commerce Square, Memphis, TN 38103

The theme this year is Empowering ● Supporting● Celebrating ●African American Men.  The Gala will focus on those African American men who have made, or have shown great potential to make, substantial contributions to education, the arts, business, faith based and other disciplines.  

For tickets or sponsorship information, please contact the Hooks Institute at 901.678.3974 or

March, 2015

March 26

Danielle McGuire

Marcus Orr Center and Hooks Institute Co-Sponsor Dr. Danielle McGuire’s Lecture "To Gain Title to Our Bodies: Black Women and the Long Civil Rights Movement"

March 26, 2015, 5:30pm reception, 6:00pm lecture

University of Memphis, University Center Theater

Dr McGuire’s book At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance—a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power was published by Knopf in 2010 and issued as a Vintage paperback in 2011. Her current book project will investigate the ways in which ordinary people experienced the 1967 Detroit racial uprising.  

Co-sponsored by: the History Department, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the Center for Research on Women, African and African American Studies, and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.

February, 2015

February 12



Hooks Institute National Book Award Co-Winner Luncheon

February 12, 2015, Noon-1:30pm

University of Memphis University Center Bluff Room (UC 308)

The Hooks Institute will honor Daniel Matlin, lecturer at King's College London, author of On the Corner: African American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis and the 2014 co-winner of the Institute's annual book award, at a special Black History Month event. The luncheon is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by the Department of History, The Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, the Center for Research on Women, and Harvard University Press.

February 24

Voter Registration

Website Release Party

February 24, 2015, 5:30pm-7:30pm

University of Memphis, University Center River Room (UC 300)

The Hooks Institute will be launching its Mapping Civil Rights History and Tent City websites at this special release event. The Mapping Civil Rights History website will allow users to explore pivotal civil rights locations through photos and history on the interactive map. The Tent City website chronicles the struggles as well as the victories of Civil Rights Era activists in Fayette County, Tennessee.

This event is free and open to the public.

*Image from Memphis-Press Scimitar, property of Special Collections, University of Memphis Libraries 



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