Union Avenue Campus
901/333-STCC * www.southwest.tn.edu
DATE: May 21, 2001
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247
Dr. Benjamin Hooks to Visit STCC for Website
Southwest Tennessee Community College and Middle College High School will present a special program to officially launch a website dedicated to the distinguished career of Dr. Benjamin Hooks. The event is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, in Conference Room 100 of the Jess H. Parrish Library/Administration Building at the Union Avenue Campus, 737 Union Avenue. This community outreach initiative is free and open to the public.
Middle College High School is housed at the Union Avenue Campus of STCC. Joyce Mitchell, principal of Middle College High School, noted that the website was developed by students at her school. "Our students developed this website to honor the career of Dr. Benjamin Hooks," Mitchell explained. "He has created a legacy of public service that will serve as a beacon of inspiration for individuals from all walks of life throughout the ages."
An ordained minister, Dr. Hooks is best known for his roles as Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and serving as a member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). President Richard M. Nixon nominated Dr. Hooks to be a commissioner for the FCC in 1972. The nomination was confirmed by Congress, and Dr. Hooks served on the FCC for five years. He was unanimously elected Executive Director of the NAACP in 1977.
Dr. Hooks' diverse and successful career has embraced the fields of law, ministry, and public service. He has served as senior pastor of Middle Baptist Church in Memphis for more than 20 years. A member of the Tennessee Bar, Dr. Hooks has served Memphis and Shelby County in the capacities of Public Defender and General Sessions Judge.
A native Memphian, Dr. Hooks attended LeMoyne College (now LeMoyne-Owen) in Memphis, and Howard University in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. degree from DePaul University, College of Law, Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife, Frances, have a daughter, Mrs. Patricia L. Gray, and two grandsons.
Middle College High School was established in 1987. The school is an innovative collaboration between the Memphis City Schools and Southwest Tennessee Community College. Since opening its doors to 110 10th graders, this unique school has been able to fulfill the middle college mission of providing a quality high school education while preparing students for college and demanding careers in the marketplace.
For more information, contact Joyce Mitchell at