Hooks Institute Elects Darin Johnson as Advisory Board Chair, Extends Appreciation to Immediate Past Chair Logan Meeks

January 30, 2018 - The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Advisory Board has elected Darin Johnson as its new chair. Johnson, who is a senior vice president at First Tennessee Bank, has served on the Hooks Institute Advisory Board since August 2016.

The Institute looks forward to Johnson's leadership in helping to shape the future of the Hooks Institute and extends its heartfelt gratitude to departing Advisory Board chair Logan Meeks, who is president of A2H Engineers • Architects • Planners and has served as chair of the board for four years, having been re-elected for two consecutive terms. Meeks provided inspiring leadership, strategic direction and passion, and worked tirelessly to sustain and grow the programs of the Hooks Institute.

In May 2008, the Advisory Board was created to assist the Hooks Institute in the strategic development and implementation of its mission and programs. The board is composed of accomplished individuals dedicated to uplifting communities in Memphis and the nation. Members have included community activists, attorneys, engineers, corporate and public relations officials and the clergy.

About Us

The Hooks Institute implements its mission of teaching, studying and promoting civil rights and social change through research, education and direct intervention programs. For 20 years, we have addressed disparities related to race, education, diversity and inclusion, and economic mobility.

Founded in 1996 by the late civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Hooks in partnership with University officials, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Memphis. For information about the Hooks Institute, visit memphis.edu/benhooks.


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