HAAMI students at monthly session.
Hooks Institute Mailing List
Memphis Skyline
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

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.


The Poverty Report: Memphis Since MLK

Read the poverty report detailing poverty in Memphis over the past 50 years. Authored by Hooks Institute Associate Director, Elena Delavega in partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum. Click here to read the Poverty Report: Memphis Since MLK.


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.


Join Our Mailing List!

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.