Category Archives: Politics

New Digital Collection: Benjamin L. Hooks Collection


We are pleased to announce that our new Benjamin L. Hooks Collection is now available on Dig Memphis.


This past summer, Matthew Hicks and Katie Jakovich (our archival fellows from Rhodes) processed the Benjamin L. Hooks manuscript collection and digitized selected items from that collection for inclusion here in the digital archive.  In addition, Hooks’ daughter, Patricia Hooks Gray, very kindly allowed us to make digital copies of a large number of family photographs which have also been added to this digital collection.

Bessie Hooks and children

The digital collection includes dozens of photographs of Hooks with civil rights leaders, presidents, family members and celebrities, as well as documents and reports related to his time as the Executive Director of the NAACP and a member of the FCC.

Benjamin Hooks speaking in the FCC days.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, October 25th, at 2:00 to celebrate the opening of the Benjamin L. Hooks Collection and to congratulate Matt and Katie on a job well done.


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Video: President Obama at Booker T. Washington High School’s Graduation

BTW Graduation

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by | February 26, 2014 · 8:01 pm

Politics in Memphis


Why You Should Vote The States' Rights TicketCrump and FriendWhat Every Negro Should Know About Franklin RooseveltIrma Merrill cartoon

Our current digital display in the Memphis Room features some of the political memorabilia we’ve accumulated over the years.  Local and national, current and historic – there is a little bit of everything in the Politics in Memphis display.  Enjoy!

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JFK in Memphis

Thanks to Rep. Steve Cohen, we now have these two wonderful images of the soon-to-be President John F. Kennedy campaigning in Memphis in 1960:

(The building in the background is the Union Avenue Methodist Church.)

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