In 1996, Dr. Hooks and the University of Memphis founded the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. This Hooks Institute, approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents, is an interdisciplinary center in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis.
In 1998, Hooks donated his personal papers comprising 397 boxes chronicling his legal, civil rights, and public service career. The Hooks Institute’s mission of teaching, studying, and promoting civil rights and social change, is reflected in its programming which includes funding faculty research and community service projects; hosting conferences, symposia, and lectures; and promoting and recognizing local and national scholarship on civil and human rights.
The Institute’s mission is furthered by the documentary, Duty of the Hour, which examines Hooks’s life and how it shaped, and was shaped, by one of the most historically significant periods in American history, the Civil Rights Movement. To learn more about the Institute’s work, please visit the University of Memphis website here.