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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 more than twenty years, the Hooks Institute has developed an impressive track record of educating, engaging and empowering the community.


Upcoming Events

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Voter Rights, Apathy and Suppression: A Conversation with the Experts

Sept. 22 | 6 PM | Facebooks Live, Hooks Institute Facebook Page

As we head into one of the most critical election seasons in our nation's history, the Hooks Institute presents an in-depth discussion on voting rights, voter engagement and apathy, and tactics to suppress voting.


Hooks LGBT EventA Complete Embrace: The LGBTQIA+ Black Community and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Oct. 1 | NOON | Facebook Live, Hooks Institute's Facebook Page

The LGBTQ community is actively involved in social justice issues such as gender identity, student experiences, pay equity and workplace discrimination. This event addresses the challenges faced by an often marginalized sector of our community and policies that affect the life experiences of this population.

Visit our event page for more information on this and other upcoming events.

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Read our Academic Year 2018-19 Annual 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 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

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.