The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change National Book Award Collection is an important collection of non-fiction books about the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy. Thanks to a generous donation of books from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, the University of Memphis Libraries is able to make many of the winners, finalists, and nominees for the Hooks National Book Award, back to its inception in 2010, available for research and education.
New books are donated annually from the Hooks Institute representing the nominees, finalists, and winner of that year's award.
The Hooks Institute’s National Book Award is presented annually to a non-fiction book that best furthers understanding of the American Civil Rights Movement and its legacy.
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.
The University Libraries is a significant resource for the University of Memphis and the Mid-South region. While our primary mission is to serve the University community, library services are extended to students and faculty from other Memphis-area universities, as well as Memphis-area community members.