2018 Events

About Hooks Events

Protecting and promoting civil rights and social justice requires vigilance by each of us. The Hooks Institute hopes you will stay engaged with and connected to efforts to promote a just, fair and democratic society. We encourage you to join us at our public events.

Click here to view upcoming and past Hooks African American Male Initiative events.

Spring 2018 Events

June 8, 2018

The Rotary Club of Memphis Central -RCMC #3931 | Rotarian Guest: Daphene R. McFerren, Executive Director

Friday, June 8, 2018, Noon – 1 p.m. | Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Memphis, TN 38111


May 16, 2018

Freedom Preparatory Academy Senior Signing Day

Freedom Prep Academy Photo


April 26, 2018

Title IX in Practice: Faculty and Staff Roles as Campus Allies and Leaders

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.| FedEx Institute of Technology Zone

The Critical Conversations Committee invites all faculty and staff to participate in an important campus-wide discussion regarding Title IX and the key role University employees are required and expected to play in preventing and responding to incidents of possible sexual misconduct.  This Critical Conversation will focus on new University initiatives for improving implementation of Title IX on campus, mandatory reporting obligations, annual training requirements, University policies and procedures, bystander intervention, and other relevant topics raised by attendees regarding how the U of M community can better prevent and address sexual misconduct. 

Kenneth Anderson, Esq., Director of the Office for Institutional Equity, will lead the conversation.  The event also features facilitators from the Office for Institutional Equity and breakout sessions to actively solicit feedback from attendees on how the University can continue building a safe, diverse, inclusive and supportive environment for everyone. 

If you plan on attending, please RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/cc-titleIX.


April 19, 2018

League of Women Voters Voter Registrtaion Event

League of Women Voters Photo

Hooks staff and HAAMI members assist the League of Women Voters in registering people to vote at the Naturalization Ceremony on the University of Memphis Campus. 


April 3, 2018

MLK 50 Essay Contest Reading & Reception

MLK 50 Essay ContestTuesday April 3, 4 pm | University of Memphis McWherter Library, 2nd Floor

UofM student contest winners will read from their essays inspired by photographs of the 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike from the Libraries’ digital collection. McWherter Library 2nd floor. Refreshments will be served. This event is co-sponsored by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.


April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday Coffee House, Brown MIssionary Baptist Church

Sunday, April 1, 2018 | Brown Missionary Baptist Church

The Hooks Institute sponsored the Easter Sunday Coffee House at Brown Missionary Baptist Church, a long-time supporter of the Institute.


March 31, 2018

At the River I Stand Screening

March 31, 2018, 3 pm - 5 pm | The Halloran Center at the Orpheum Theatre Memphis

The College of Communication and Fine Arts presents a special screening of "At the River I Stand," on Saturday, March 31, at the Halloran Center at the Orpheum, 203 South Main St. The host for the event will be Cornell Brooks, former President and CEO of the NAACP. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required to reserve seats.

This event is co-sponsored in part by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute.


March 14, 2018

FILM and TALK, Abina and the Important Men

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 6 PM | University Center Theatre

 Abina and the Important Men is the true story of an enslaved woman in the 19th century Gold coast of Africa (present-day Ghana) who fought for her freedom in the British colonial courts. Dr. Getz will show his award-winning animated film and discuss the research that led him to create a graphic history and this film. Sponsored in part by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.


March 1, 2018

2018 Hooks Institute Annual Join Hands for Change Benefit

Thursday, March 1, 2018,  6 pm Reception, 7  pm Program. 
The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.
3700 Central Ave., Memphis, TN 38111

Please join the Hooks Institute for its annual Join Hands for Change Program and Reception to increase our social change broadcast signal!

The evening will include live music, entertainment, and food stations and will feature the dynamic students in the Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI) program.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please contact the Hooks Institute at (901) 678-3974 or bhi@memphis.edu.

Visit the 2018 Join Hands for Change Benefit website through by clicking here.


(Postponed)

Ida B. Wells Documentary Focus Group

Hattiloo Theatre, 37 S. Cooper Street, Memphis, TN

Postponed- stay tuned for updates.

The Hooks Institute's documentary explores how the unique cultural and political atmosphere of late 19th century Memphis shaped Wells' international crusade against lynching and transformed Wells into a formidable crusader for civil and women's rights. This event will showcase selected interviews from the film followed by a Q&A about Wells' experience in Memphis. Postponed. Stay tuned for updates.


February 13, 2018

The Civil Rights Movement: A Cultural Revolution Screening, Orange Mound

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 10:30–11 am | Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN

Explore the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the fashion, music, and culture of the era through the Hooks Institute's documentary film The Civil Rights Movement: A Cultural Revolution in the heart of Orange Mound. This event is free and open to the public.


February 9, 2018

Duty of the Hour Screening, Orange Mound

Friday, February 5, 2018, 9:30–10:30 am | Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN

Join the Hooks Institute for a documentary screening of Duty of the Hour, a documentary film about civil rights activist Benjamin L. Hooks in the heart of Orange Mound, followed by a Q & A session. This event is open to the public.


February 5, 2018

Duty of the Hour Screening, Hooks African American Male Initiative

Monday, February 5, 2018, 12:30 PM | University Center Theatre, The University of Memphis

Join the Hooks Institute and Hooks African American Male Initiative Students for a documentary screening of Duty of the Hour, a documentary film about civil rights activist Benjamin L. Hooks. This event is open to all UofM staff, faculty and students.


January 24, 2018

Cmlk Civil Rights Lawivil Rights Law: Then and Now

Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 5:00 PM | McWherter Library, 1st Floor Rotunda

Moderator Daphene R. McFerren, Executive Director Hooks Institute.
Co-Sponsored by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.

In honor of MLK 50, the University of Memphis Libraries will host a discussion of civil rights law led by attorneys Charles Newman and Alexander Wharton, sponsored by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Charles Newman represented Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. just before his assassination in 1968. Alexander Wharton joined the family firm in Memphis in September 2010, where he currently concentrates his practice in civil litigation.

To learn about additional MLK events, visit libguides.memphis.edu/mlk50 . 


January 23, 2018

MLK Open MicMLK 50 Open Mic Night & Protest Poster Kickoff

Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 4:00 PM | McWherter Library, 1st Floor Rotunda

Hosted by Beverly Robertson, former director of the National Civil Rights Museum,

Join the University  Libraries in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Share your own stories, poems or favorite readings from Dr. King or hear others share theirs while creating your own protest poster. For more information contact Rachel Scott a rescott3@memphis.edu or 901-678-3896.

Co-sponsored by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.


January 19, 2018

Reception Honoring Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Friday, January 19, 2018, 7–8 pm | University of Memphis, University Center - 1st Floor Atrium

Cosponsored by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.