Hooks Institute Will Host Join Hands for Change Benefit March 1

January 18, 2018 - The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change will hold its annual Join Hands for Change Benefit March 1 from 6-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

The Join Hands for Change Benefit will be hosted by Memphis radio personality Stan Bell, a native Memphian who has grown into one of Memphis' most energetic radio personalities over his 31-year career. A recipient of the prestigious Marconi Award for Broadcast Excellence, Bell can be heard weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on V 101.1 and 1070 WDIA.

The evening will include food stations, recognition of student and community stars, and entertainment by Bill Hurd and Ensemble. Hurd is a nationally renowned jazz saxophonist and recording artist. He has recorded with music legends Maurice White, Kirk Whalum and Isaac Hayes.

Proceeds from the 2018 Join Hands for Change Donor Benefit help fund Hooks Institute programs such as the Hooks African American Male Initiative, which focuses on increasing the retention and graduation rates of African-American males attending the University of Memphis.

Tickets may be purchased from the Institute's webpage at [memphis.edu/benhooks]memphis.edu/benhooks or directly from Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-hooks-institute-annual-join-hands-for-change-benefit-tickets-41051315590.

Contact the Hooks Institute at 901.678.3974 or bhievents@memphis.edu with requests for sponsorship packages or for additional information.

About Us

The Hooks Institute implements its mission through research, education and direct intervention programs. For 20 years, we have addressed disparities related to education, diversity and inclusion, economic mobility and civil engagement.

Founded in 1996 by the late civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Hooks in partnership with University officials, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Memphis. For information, visit memphis.edu/benhooks.


Nathaniel Ball | 901.678.3655 l ncball@memphis.edu