Upcoming Events

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Past Events

June 2017

June 15-June 18

tri-state black pride1st Annual TriState Black Pride Festival

The Hooks Institute was proud to co-sponsor the 1st Annual TriState Black Pride Festival in Memphis, TN (June 15 - 18, 2017) at the National Civil Rights Museum. This LGBTQIA event brought awareness, with the intent of providing some proposed solutions, to health, employment and social challenges facing the black LGBTIA community.

For more information on Tri-State Black Pride, please visit www.tristateblackpride.com.

APRIL 2017

April 20

2017 Hooks Annual Join Hands For Change Gala
Pursuing the Dream to Reality


Honored Guest & Keynote Speaker
Ambassador Andrew J. Young

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7 PM
Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis

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In celebration of Hooks Institute's 20th anniversary, the 2017 Join Hands for Change Gala will be an exciting evening to celebrate the Institute's work over the last two decades. The event will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7pm at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn. We are excited that this year's honoree and featured keynote will be Ambassador Andrew J. Young, civil rights pioneer, politician, diplomat and two-time mayor of Atlanta.

April 19

Symposium on Creating Greater Outcomes for

African American Male Achievement

April 19, 2017 | 9 am - 4:30 pm
UC Bluff Room 304 | University of Memphis

African American Male Symposium

April 19

Official Launch of  the Benjamin L. Hooks Papers website

Hooks Pulpit

Launch of the Benjamin L. Hooks Papers Website
April 19, 2017 | Reception 5:30 pm | Presentation 6 pm
University Center (304) Bluff Room
The University of Memphis | 499 University St | Memphis, TN 38152

From his tenure as the first African American appointed to the Federal Communications Commission, to the leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Benjamin L. Hooks career took him from the segregated streets of Memphis, TN to the height of American public and civic life. Now, for the first time, portions of Hooks vivid career will be made widely available to the public through the Benjamin L. Hooks Papers Digitization Website. The digitization project is a collaboration between the Hooks Institute and the University of Memphis Libraries.

April 6 - 8

National Conference on Undergraduate Research


Keynote Speaker: Daphene R. McFerren, Executive Director Hooks Institute

The National Conference on Undergraduate Research
The National Conference on Undergraduate Research, established in 1987, is dedicated to promoting undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship, and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

February 2017

February 23


Ibram X. Kendi Book Talk and Discussion 

Stamped from the Begining: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 5:30 pm Reception | 6:00 pm Lecture
University Center Auditorium, The University of Memphis
Free and Open to the Public

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Presented by the Department of History in conjunction with the program in African and African American Studies, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the Graduate Association for African-American History, and the Departments of Anthropology, Communication, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.

February 14 - 20

Duty of the Hour WKNO-TV Broadcast Times and Dates


7 pm | Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | WKNO-HD
12 am |Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | WKNO-HD
7 pm | Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | WKNO2
7 pm | Monday, February 20, 2017 | WKNO-HD

February 9 - 24

Duty of the Hour Community Screenings
BTW Duty of the Hour

White Station High School - February 9, 2017 at 9 am | Closed to the public
Booker T Washington – February 14, 2017 | Closed to the public
LeMoyne-Owen College – February 22, 2017 | Closed to the public
Melrose High School – February 24, 2017  | Closed to the public

February 10 - 14

Duty of the Hour KCET- Los Angeles | Broadcast Times and Dates


12 pm | Friday, February 10, 2017 | KCET
3 am | Tuesday, February14, 2017 | KCET
For more information please visit https://www.kcet.org/shows/link-voices/episodes/duty-of-the-hour