Our Mission

Teaching, Studying and Promoting Civil Rights and Social Change

The Hooks Institute 2020 Join Hands for Change Luncheon has been been canceled due to safety concerns related to COVID-19.

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.

2019 Hooks Institute Policy Papers

Land, Economic Mobility and Race | The Tale of Two Nations: One Rich, One Poor

How do large equity firms diminish home wealth in low-income neighborhoods in Memphis? How do we create, sustain and advance the economic mobility of men and boys of color? What is the impact of workplace settings and job types on health disparities? The authors address these policy issues at the Hooks Institute’s Open House.

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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.