HAAMI students at monthly session.
Hooks Institute Policy Papers
John and Viola McFerren leading protestors to Fayette County, Tennessee Courthouse, March 1965. Photographer: Art Shay, Life Magazine
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.
2017 Policy Papers
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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 more than twenty years, the Hooks Institute has developed an impressive track record of educating, engaging and empowering the community.

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2018 Hooks Institute Policy Papers

Climbing Out From Under the Rock: Restoring Civil Rights, Economics, and Social Justice in Memphis and the Nation.

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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.