Institute honors Benjamin Hooks with African American male achie - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Institute honors Benjamin Hooks with African American male achievement symposium

(Source: WMC Actioin News 5) (Source: WMC Actioin News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

An institute named after civil rights activist Benjamin L. Hooks is looking to honoring and continue his legacy.

Hooks dedicated his time to fighting for civil rights advancement as the leader of the NAACP.

His namesake, The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, held a symposium on African American male achievement Wednesday.

"They have a positive contribution to make to the arts, society, to culture, to the economic development of Memphis and we cannot leave them behind," Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Director Daphene McFerren said.

The event was only the first of a week of events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the organization.

McFerren said despite some progress for African American men socially and academically, more is needed.

This is especially true when one considers that, according to the institute, half of black men in Memphis between 16 and 24 are neither employed nor in school. McFerren said this number can be turned around.

"We have intensive coaching and mentoring focused on academic accomplishments, career success, financial success, also the tools needed to navigate through life," McFerren said.

She said these are tools that the institute will continue to foster over its next 20 years in hopes of closing the achievement gap for African American men.

Copyright 2017 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • Tow to Go returns for impaired drivers July 4 weekend

    Tow to Go returns for impaired drivers July 4 weekend

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 7:35 AM EDT2017-06-28 11:35:40 GMT
    (Source: AAA)(Source: AAA)

    AAA is working to keep the roads safe this Independence Day.

    More >>

    AAA is working to keep the roads safe this Independence Day.

    More >>
  • 120-foot cross, topped with crown of thorns, goes up in Batesville

    120-foot cross, topped with crown of thorns, goes up in Batesville

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 7:09 AM EDT2017-06-28 11:09:55 GMT
    The cross, with the crown of thorns, being put in place (SOURCE: viewer)The cross, with the crown of thorns, being put in place (SOURCE: viewer)

    A massive cross now adorns the side of I-55 in Batesville, Mississippi. 

    More >>

    A massive cross now adorns the side of I-55 in Batesville, Mississippi. 

    More >>
  • Lawmakers, advocates request DOJ to continue monitoring Juvenile Court

    Lawmakers, advocates request DOJ to continue monitoring Juvenile Court

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 7:08 AM EDT2017-06-28 11:08:57 GMT
    (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

    Advocates and lawmakers fired back with an official letter aimed at disputing Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell's request to end DOJ's monitoring of Juvenile Court.

    More >>

    Advocates and lawmakers fired back with an official letter aimed at disputing Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell's request to end DOJ's monitoring of Juvenile Court.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly