Who We Serve

  • The University of Memphis community, Memphis and Shelby County, the state and the nation who connect to our work through our publications, lecture series, documentaries and social media.
  • Teachers who receive training from Institute staff on civil rights history and use our materials in their classrooms.
  • African American male or female students enrolled in  HAAMI or ASATT.
  • Faculty at the University of Memphis who receive grants that enable them to fund research focused on societal disparities and their causes.
  • Individuals, grassroots leaders, government officials and business leaders who can find valuable research and policy conclusions set forth in the Institute’s Policy Papers. 
  • Historians who are researching or seeking information about social justice or civil rights especially as it applies to events in the Mid-South.

Hooks Institute Programs

Freedom's Front LineArchival Preservation

The University’s Special Collections houses photographs, documents and writings of civil rights activists.

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Ida B. Wells FilmingDocumentary Films

Documentaries and videos examine past and contemporary civil rights and social justice events.

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Hooks Voter DriveHooks Policy Papers

Annual publication that analyzes disparities and proposes policy solutions.

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Faculty Leads HAAMI StudentsFaculty Research Grants

Seed grants are awarded to researchers to identify and study racial and other disparities.

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Christain Graduate PictureHooks African American Male Initiative (HAAMI)

An intensive mentoring and coaching program to improve graduation rates and professional outcomes for African American males.

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ASATT students learn at financial eventA Seat at the Table (ASATT)

ASATT prepares women to lead in business, nonprofit and other sectors.

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Crowd in AudienceNational Book Award

Awarded each calendar year to a book that best furthers our understanding of the civil rights movement. 

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Wives of the sanitation workers strike.Community Outreach

Public events featuring award-winning authors, activists and lectures.

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For more information, navigate through the sidebar to explore Hooks Institute programs in greater detail.

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