Hooks Calendar of Events: 2016

November 2016

November 15

Hooks Institute National Book Award Lecture
Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, First Lady of the Black Press

james morrisSpeaker: James McGrath Morris, Author of
Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne the first lady of the Black Press.

Hear James McGrath Morris discuss his Hooks Institute 2015 National Book Award winning book.
Learn about Ethel Payne, one of the key figures of the African American press during the Civil Rights movement and beyond

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 6 PM Lecture
River Room | University Center | University of Memphis
499 University Street, Memphis, TN 38152
Convenient and affordable parking available in the public garage on Zach Curlin Street!

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: ETHEL PAYNE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE BLACK PRESS, BY JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS, WAS NAMED THE 2015 HOOKS INSTITUTE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER!

ethelMorris' biography excavates the story of Ethel Payne, a journalist whose work for the Chicago Defender during her multi-decade career provided a lens to thousands of African-American readers into the action of the civil rights movement and beyond. Covering the school desegregation crisis in Little Rock, interviewing black troops in Vietnam or quizzing multiple presidents during her years at the White House, Payne's career demonstrated the role journalists could play both in helping to build a movement by informing the public and in furthering that movement by putting pointed questions to those in power.

Morris traces the narrative of Payne's career and adds insight into her personal experiences as a pioneering black woman in the press. In so doing, the book shines a light on the crucial role of the black press during the civil rights movement and enlarges the field of movement icons to include a less obvious piece of the larger political struggle.

James McGrath Morris will visit the UofM to speak about Eye on the Struggle on November 15 at 6 PM.

Click here to watch James McGrath Morris' entire lecture!


November 15

Hooks Book Award | Community Presentation
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James McGrath Morris Lecture
Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, First Lady of the Black Press
2015 Hooks Institute National Book Award Winner
Melrose High School | Memphis, TN
9 am | November 15, 2-16


November 9, 2016

Critical Conversations: Free Speech on the University Campus
November 9, 2016 | Noon | University Center, Ballroom A | University of Memphis

Universities across the globe are grappling with the issue of "Free Speech" in classrooms and on campus communities. Some believe that free speech is under attack. Others believe that there is too much protection for abusive or hateful language. Should speech be monitored? Should trigger warnings be added before discussion of sensitive classroom discussions and texts? Where do we draw the line between freedom and abuse, and between sensitivity and censorship?

Click here to watch the entire event on Youtube.


October 2016

2016 Hooks Institute Annual Open House and
Release of the 2016 Policy Papers | Bridging the Great Divide

Bridging the Great Divide

Creating Access for All and Memphis Public Transportation
A Move Away from Policing to Public Policy Interventions
Uplift the People: A Focus on Community Interests Rather Than Political Ideologies

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
RECEPTION 5:30 PM | PRESENTATIONS/DISCUSSION 6 PM
ROSE THEATER | THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS | 470 UNIVERSITY STREET | MEMPHIS, TN 38152

Convenient and affordable parking available in the public garage on Zach Curlin Street!

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hear about Hooks Institute Programs and Events for 2016-2017
Hooks Institute Policy Fellows Present Their Research Perspectives on
• Transportation, Urban Reform, and Social Justice in Memphis | Charles A. Santos, PhD
• The Long Way to a Safer Memphis: Local Policies for Crime Prevention Need Structural Change |Simone Tulumello, PhD
• Ideology and Division: How We Got Here, How Do We Get Back? The Search for Unity | Eric Groenendyk, PhD


September 2016

September 14 - 16

Congressional Black Congress Veterans' Braintrust Honors the Hooks Institute

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CBC Award Ceremony

Friday, September 16, 2016 | 6 PM - 9 PM
Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room
2168 Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Duty of the Hour Screening

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Honors the Hooks Institute

The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust for honored the Institute's efforts to teach, study, and promote civil rights and social change at a ceremony held at the Rayborn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, on September 16, 2016. At the ceremony, the Hooks Institute received the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award for our social justice work that furthers the legacy of World War II and civil rights activist, the late Benjamin L. Hooks. Additionally, the Hooks Institute received an award for the film, Duty of the Hour, which is about the life and civil rights activism of Benjamin L. Hooks. The Hooks Institute also received an award for the film, Duty of the Hour, which is about the life and civil rights activism of Benjamin L. Hooks. On September 14, 2016, the Hooks Institute was privileged to have the CBC Braintrust hold a film screening of Duty of the Hour at the African American Civil War Museum, Washington, DC.


September 12 - 13

Duty of the Hour Premiere WKNO-TV (Memphis)

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Duty of the Hour  Premiere
Monday, September 12 | WKNO | 7 PM
Tuesday, September 13 | WKNO2 | 7PM

About Duty of the Hour

The story of Benjamin L. Hooks is an exploration of this nation's long, complex, and difficult history of race in America. Equally as important, the story of Hooks highlights how our nation was, and can be, transformed by committed visionaries, like Hooks, who were determined to make every second of their lives count to fulfill their Duty of the Hour.

Duty of the Hour is a production of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. For more information on Duty of the Hour please visit www.memphis.edu/dutyofthehour


August 2016

August 17 - 18

HAAMI Visits JCPenney Headquarters in Dallas, TX

HAAMI JCPenney Trip

HAAMI members headed for Dallas as honored guests of JCPenney CEO, Marvin R. Ellison.

Many joined us on April 21, 2016 for the Hooks Institute's Annual Join Hands for Change Gala. During the Gala, the Hooks Institute honored the achievements of JCPenney CEO, and University of Memphis Alumnus, Marvin R. Ellison. Following the Gala, Ellison amicably invited HAAMI members to participate in workshops and tour JCPenney headquarters!

The Hook Institute and members of the Hooks African American Male Initiative extend their thanks to CEO Marvin R. Ellison and the JCPenney team for an educational, informative, and inspirational visit with JCPenney's management in Dallas/Plano Texas to learn career development and business management!

For more information onHAAMI, visit the HAAMI websiteat: www.memphis.edu/benhooks/programs/haami.php 


July 2016

July 29

Duty of the Hour (2016): Private Reception and Screening

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The University of Memphis | July 29, 2016
Reception | University Center, River Room | 6 pm
Screening | University Center Theatre | 7 pm

Prior to the WKNO-TV premier of Duty of the Hour (2016), invited guests of the Hooks Institute enjoyed a private screening of the film at the University of Memphis.


April 2016

April 21

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change
Annual Join Hands For Change Gala
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Empowering • Supporting • Celebrating African American Men
Triumph through Perseverance

The Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue Memphis, TN 38111
April 21, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change thanks the following sponsors of the Join Hands for Change Gala:

Title Sponsor

  • FedEx

Sustainer Level

  • JCPenney
  • First Tennessee Foundation
  • Regional One Health

Supporter Level

  • A2H
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust
  • Brown Missionary Baptist Church
  • Cigna
  • City of Brownsville
  • Ingersoll Rand/Trane
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • SunTrust

 February 2016

February 11

Peniel Joseph

National Book Award Winner Lecture

Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph, Ph. D.
University of Memphis, University Center River Room (UC300)
February 11, 2016 | 11 am to 12:30 pm

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph will deliver a talk about his book, Stokely: A Life, the winner of The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change 2014 National Book Award.