UofM Students to Lead Hooks Institute-Produced Video Series on Civil Rights History

 March 10, 2020 - Led by University of Memphis students, the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change is releasing a short video series focused on civil rights history. The video series, Civil Rights: Stories to Inspire Change, will release weekly on the Hooks Institute’s YouTube page and run for seven consecutive weeks. Each week, a UofM student will share a story of people who worked to create a more just society, proving that it is possible for ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Subjects to be featured and the UofM undergraduates who will lead the videos include:

• Tom Lee, March 10  – Jeremiah Jones, Journalism, senior

• 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike, March 17  – Thomas McDaniel, History, senior
• WDIA, March 24 – Amanda Campbell, African and African American Studies, senior

• Mason Temple, March 31 – Anna Weiner, History and Psychology, sophomore
• First Beale Street Baptist Church, April 7 – Jazmyne Wright, Political Science/African and African American Studies, freshman
• Burkle Estate, April 14 – Makayla Bommer, Biology, freshman

• Orange Mound, April 21 – Carl Bledsoe Jr., African and African American Studies, sophomore

The series is produced by Nathaniel C. Ball, Hooks media and programs coordinator, and Rebekkah Mulholland, Hooks graduate assistant, with executive producer Daphene R. McFerren, executive director of the Hooks Institute.

University of Memphis students who are interested in participating in future videos are encouraged to contact Ball at ncball@memphis.edu.

 About the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change

The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute implements its mission of teaching, studying and promoting civil rights and social change through research, education and direct intervention programs. Institute programs include community outreach; funding faculty research initiatives on community issues; implementing community service projects; hosting conferences, symposiums and lectures; and promoting local and national scholarship on civil and human rights. The Hooks Institute is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Memphis. Contributed revenue for the Hooks Institute, including funding from individuals, corporations and foundations, is administered through the University of Memphis Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.


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