For release: August 9, 2013
For press information, contact Daphene R. McFerren, 901-678-3974
The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis will
host a lecture for its 2012 National Book Award winner, The Black Revolution on Campus by Dr. Martha Biondi, on Thursday, Oct. 24. A lunch reception at noon will precede
the 1 p.m. lecture. The location on campus will be announced at a later date.
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin
Biondi will discuss the highlights of the black student struggle and its impact on
the evolution of university culture and the creation of African-American studies.
Her lecture will be part of the conference “A History of Reinvention: Exploring Silences in African-American History” sponsored by the Graduate Association for African-American History.
The Black Revolution on Campus combines extensive research with numerous candid interviews to paint a vivid representation
of the actions that transformed higher education for black students in the late 1960s
and early 1970s. It recounts the stories of many protest participants who demanded
public institutions re-evaluate their commitments to the black community and the education
of its students. The research presented in this book establishes a clear connection
between the challenges of the black college student and changes in collegiate culture.
Biondi is an associate professor of African-American studies and history at Northwestern
University. Her research interests include 20th Century African-American history with
a focus on social movements. She is the winner of both the Myers Outstanding Book
Award and the Thomas J. Wilson Memorial Prize for her previous publication, To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City.
The congregation of the Greater Middle Baptist Church in Memphis sponsored the book
award of $1,000 that Biondi will receive. The late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks was the pastor
of the church for 52 years until his retirement in January 2009.
The Hooks Institute is now soliciting nominations for next year’s National Book Award,
which will recognize the book published in 2013 that best furthers the understanding
of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy. The recipient of the award will
receive $1,000 and an invitation to deliver an address as part of the Hooks Institute
For consideration of the 2013 National Book Award, submit one copy of the book, postmarked
by Dec. 31, to National Book Award Nomination, The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for
Social Change, 107 Scates Hall, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-3530.
For more information, visit http://www.memphis.edu/benhooks/bookaward.php.
In 1996, University of Memphis officials received approval from the Tennessee Board
of Regents to create the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change in the College
of Arts & Sciences. The mission of the Institute is teaching, studying and promoting
civil rights and social change. The Hooks Institute archives include Hooks’ personal
papers, which are housed in the Mississippi Valley Collection in the University’s