2020 Join Hands for Change Luncheon Canceled

Guest Speaker: Kristen Clarke , President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

Dear Hooks Supporters,

In view of the public health issues presented by the Coronavirus outbreak, the Hooks Institute is canceling its Join Hands For Change Luncheon. We are grateful to each of you for your support and know that you understand that this unprecedented public health crisis requires that our annual event be rescheduled. If you have questions please contact the Hooks Institute at bhi@memphis.edu or (901) 678-3974.

Thank you again for your support. Please be careful and safe.


Daphene R. McFerren
Executive Director
Hooks Institute

Kristen Clarke 1Please join the Hooks Institute for lunch featuring attorney Kristen Clarke, a national leader on civil rights, and explore through media and other presentations the impact of the Hooks Institute on Memphis and beyond.

The Hooks Institute is pleased to present as our Keynote Speaker, Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is one of the premier legal organizations in the United States on the forefront of protecting and advancing civil rights. Under Ms. Clarke’s leadership, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights has been on the cutting edge of promoting fair housing and community development, economic justice, voting rights, equal educational opportunity, criminal justice, judicial diversity and more.

Kristen Clarke in front of Supreme CourtMs. Clarke and her staff appear regularly before the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts across the nation. Ms. Clarke has testified before the United States Congress and is a highly respected commentator with appearances on NBC News, Fox News, and other networks. She is frequently quoted by The Washington Post and other national publications on seminal civil rights issues impacting the nation today.

Please join the Hooks Institute for an entertaining and educational Luncheon featuring Ms. Clarke and showcasing the work of the Hooks Institute.


About the Hooks institute

From its founding in 1996, by the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks and the University of Memphis, the Hooks Institute has implemented its mission of teaching, studying and promoting civil rights by seeking to ameliorate disparities related to education, diversity and inclusion, economic mobility and civic engagement.

Proceeds from the luncheon help support the Hooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI), a program that focuses on increasing the retention and graduation rates of African American males attending the University of Memphis, the Hooks Lecture Series, documentaries, and media projects that preserve the history of the civil rights movement, research projects that lead to community uplift and more!