UofM’s Hooks Institute to Host National Civil Rights Leader Kristen Clarke at 2020 Join Hands for Change Luncheon April 23

 February 24, 2020 - The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change will host national civil rights leader Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, at the 2020 Join Hands for Change Luncheon on April 23. The luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn, 3700 Central Ave.

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 Clarke’s leadership, the committee 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.

Clarke and her staff appear regularly before the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts across the nation. She has testified before the U.S. 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.

Proceeds from the luncheon help increase the impact of Hooks Institute programs including 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 project that preserve the history of the civil rights movement and research projects that lead to community uplift.

Contact the Hooks Institute at 901.678.3974 for sponsorship information.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. For more information, visit memphis.edu/benhooks/joinhands.

Tables of Eight - $600
Individual Tickets - $75

About the Benjamin L. 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.


Nathaniel C. Ball | 901.678.3655 | ncball@memphis.edu