Teaching, Studying, and Promoting Civil Rights and Social Change


The Hooks Institute programs have become signature events in the university and greater community. We believe that it is imperative that most, if not all its programs, remain free and open to the public to encourage social change at the grassroots level. As a result, we rely on donations and grant funding to support our efforts. For a description of our programs, click here.

Throughout his life, Dr. Hooks continued to press the cause for civil rights by encouraging both the study of the American Civil Rights Movement and the identification of contemporary issues that affect minorities, the poor, and the disadvantaged. On April 15, 2010, he died at age 85 leaving the Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis to promote his commitment to social change. Your contributions will allow us to sustain and expand our work and build upon the legacy of Dr. Hooks.

If you have any questions, please call our office at (901) 678-3974 or e-mail us at bhi@memphis.edu