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Our Mission 

Teaching, Studying and Promoting Civil Rights and Social Change

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change advances its mission of teaching, studying, and promoting civil rights and social change primarily through education, 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.


Policy Papers 2021 CoverHooks 2021 Policy Papers "Race in the Time of COVID-19"

"Race in the time of COVID-19" assesses the impact of the pandemic on exacerbating educational, health, and employment inequalities and the loss of intergenerational wealth among African Americans who have disproportionately died because of COVID-19.

For information on obtaining physical copies of the Policy Papers, contact the Hooks Institute at bhi@memphis.edu or 901.678.3974. Digital copies are available through the button below.

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Read the FY 2019-20 Hooks Annual Report!

The Hooks Institute works to achieve our mission by ameliorating racial, economic, and social disparities. Using the collective scholarship and resources of the University community, the Hooks Institute strives to make a lasting impact to help uplift Memphis and the nation. Read our 2019-2020 annual report to learn about our recent accomplishments and program successes. Please contact bhi@memphis.edu or call 901.678.3974 for printed copies of the report.


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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 initiatives and 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

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 comprehensive and consistent collaboration among universities, businesses, government, community leaders, and others. Poverty and racism negatively impact all communities, races, and ethnic groups. We must work together to lift the burden of inequality and injustice that many among us continue to face.