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Frequently Asked Questions

Who founded The Hooks Institute?

The Hooks Institute was founded by Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks and the Department of Political Science and College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis.

When did The Hooks Institute begin?

With the approval of the Tennessee Board of Regents and funding from the United States Congress and the State of Tennessee, the Hooks Institute was born in 1996.

How is the Hooks Institute funded?

We are funded by people just like you who support our mission of teaching our communities about the Civil Rights Movement and its continuing relevance to contemporary social justice issues today.  Our  programs are funded almost 100% by private funds. 

What is our mission?

Teaching, Studying, and Promoting Civil Rights and Social Change!

What is the goal of The Institute?

The Institute seeks to play a pivotal role in framing and solving community problems through the wisdom and vision of pioneers such as Benjamin L. Hooks.

How can you help us?

We need volunteers for various events during the year.  Your donation, however, large or small, allow us to bring creative, and relevant programming to the communities we serve.   If you are interested in  volunteering, please contact the Hooks Institute at  To make a donation, click here.

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