On April 18-20, 2012, The Annual Civil Rights and Human Rights Conference by The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis explores the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the civil rights legacy of Benjamin L. Hooks.
A documentary on the life of Mr. Hooks — Duty of the Hour — is the capstone event of the conference.
Born and raised in Memphis during the era of segregation and Jim Crow, the biographical details of Ben Hooks’ life constitute a fascinating and revelatory film about the African American experience. The hour-long documentary focuses on Hooks’ civil rights activism and how he shaped governmental policy as the first African American Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and later as the Executive Director of the NAACP.
The documentary features interviews with President Jimmy Carter, Vernon Jordan (former CEO of the Urban League), U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Benjamin T. Jealous (CEO of the NAACP), local Memphis civil rights activists, and many others.
Click here for a look at a 30-second trailer of this extraordinary film.
The Red Carpet Premiere of the documentary begins with ceremonies at 5:30 p.m. on April 20, 2012 at the Orpheum. Tickets for the premiere benefit the Institute and are $125. They may be purchased online here and at the conference.
Go here for more information about the conference.
The documentary was directed and written by Reece Luke Auguiste, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Visit the documentary website here to learn about Duty of the Hour.