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Daphene R. McFerrenDaphene R. McFerren
Director

In January 2008, McFerren became the director of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. In June 2006, McFerren was a visiting scholar at the Hooks Institute, where she continued her work, initially funded by a summer grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to compile primary source materials created by Fayette County civil rights activists from 1959 to approximately the early 1970s.  Additionally, during her time as a visiting scholar, McFerren worked to complete the copyright review process to enable public broadcast of the documentary, Freedom’s Front Line:  Fayette County, TN.   The collection of primary source materials from Fayette County civil rights activists are housed in Special Collections at the University of Memphis and are available to the public. Beginning in September 2008, public television stations in Memphis, and later throughout the State of Tennessee, began broadcasting  Freedom’s Front Line.  McFerren’s parents, John and Viola McFerren, were two of the primary leaders of the Fayette County Movement. In an article dated October 12, 1969, the New York Times called the Fayette County Movement, the “longest sustained civil rights protest in the nation.”  McFerren is the executive producer of two documentaries, Duty of the Hour (2014), a film on the life of the late civil rights icon Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks, and film, The Civil Rights Movement: A Cultural Revolution, which explors the Movement’s Influence on music, fashion and culture in the United States.

Prior to joining the Hooks Institute, McFerren was in private practice in Washington, DC, was senior counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, was counsel to former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and was later Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, prosecuting, among other cases, forced labor and involuntary servitude cases involving foreign victims. McFerren is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

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Ardella M. Jeffries
Administrative Associate

Ardella Jeffries is the Administrative Associate of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change. Jeffries received a Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree with a concentration in Health Services Administration from the University of Memphis in 2007. She also received an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Northwest Mississippi Community College. Ardella was formerly an Administrative Assistant in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN.

 

 

Tim Rose

Tim L. Rose

Programs Manager

Tim, an entrepreneur originally from Jacksonville, Florida, worked as a professional development and corporate image consultant for eleven years.  While in Florida, he served on numerous boards. He served on the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce board (3rd largest chamber in the country). He also worked as The Community Rehabilitation Center  (a mental health and community facility-largest in N. Florida) for nine years. In this position,  he was in charge of board committees as well as development and programming efforts including fundraising.  Tim is currently completing his research toward a PhD at  in the School of Human Resources & Workforce Development at Louisiana State University.  His research includes studying transitioning populations and the selected factors that influence successful transition into today’s workforce.

 

Current Graduate Assistants 

 

Nate Ball                  Nathaniel Ball


Nathan Ball began working at the Institute in August of 2013. Nathan assisted Daphene McFerren with the production of the Hooks Institute’s Documentary A Cultural Revolution, completed in the spring of 2014. Nathan received his bachelor’s degree in Film and Video Production from the University of Memphis in 2011. He will be a candidate for an MA in History in the spring of 2015. Nathan is currently working on a number of media projects for the Hooks Institute.

Sasha Arnold

Sasha Arnold

 

Sasha Diana Arnold began working with the Hooks Institute in August, 2013 through her graduate assistantship with Dr. Loel Kim in the English department. She has worked with Dr. Kim and Director Daphene McFerren to create a website about the civil rights movement and tent cities in Fayette County, Tennessee. When the institute was asked to conduct a teacher's in-service on the movement for Shelby County educators, Sasha worked to create curriculum-related materials for the teachers. Additionally, she has worked with Special Collections in The University of Memphis libraries to organize and catalog primary-source materials from the Fayette County movement. She is a graduate of Bethel University with a BA in English and is currently working on her MA in English here at The University of Memphis. 

   

 

 



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