On May 20th 2000, Bowie State University and the Board of Regents of the University System of the state of Maryland, made the first in its history, the granting of two simultaneous degrees of “Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) to a father and son team of America’s Black theatre movement, Robert and Kevin Hooks. With Robert Hooks also giving the graduation address to the throng of Bowie States’ year 2000 graduating students!
1966 – Theatre World Award (1965–66 ) for “Where’s Daddy?” (The Billy Rose Theatre)
1979 – American Black Achievement Award – Ebony Magazine
1982 – Emmy Award for Producing (1982) Voices of Our People: In Celebration of Black Poetry (KCET-TV/PBS)
1966 – Tony Nomination, Lead Role in a Musical for Hallelujah, Baby
1985 – Inducted into The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, recipient Oscar Micheaux Award (1985)
1986 – March 2nd declared Robert Hooks Day by the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Tom Bradley
1987 – Excellence in Advertising and Communications to Black Communities from CEBA (Excellence in Advertising and Communications to Black Communities)
2000 – Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa honorary degree, Bowie State University
2000 – May 25th declared Robert Hooks Day in Washington, D.C.
2005 – Beverly Hills/Hollywood Chapter NAACP Image Award for Lifetime Achievement
2005 – Beverly Hills/Hollywood Chapter NAACP Trailblazer Award to the Negro Ensemble Company
2005 – Trailblazer Award – City of Los Angeles
2006 – The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL), Lifetime Achievement Award (Dallas)
2007 – The Black Theatre Alliance Awards / Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 – Living Legend Award (2015) National Black Theatre Festival
2018 – October 18th proclaimed Robert Hooks Day by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C.
2018 – Hooks is entered into The Congressional Record by the Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton, September 4, 2018, Vol. 164
2018 – Visionary Founder and Creator Award – D.C. Black Repertory Company on its 47th Anniversary
“The Negro Ensemble Company, which he co-founded in the mid-’60s, was cranking out brilliantly trained black actors, writers, producers, dancers, designers, and other technicians destined for careers in the larger entertainment world. We had never seen this kind of Black arts movement since the Harlem Renaissance, and Robert’s imprint was all over it.”
– Quincy Jones –
“Without his brilliant vision, commitment and connections, his producing skills, his celebrity there would have been no NEC, no Denise Nicholas, no Lonne Elder, no Rosalind Cash or Douglas Turner Ward, no Michael Schultz…no Denzel Washington. We owe that and more to Robert Hooks.” -Denise Nicholas-
“Robert Hooks, Sr. was at the center of the contemporary Black Theatre movement. He, with close friends, drew the circle which became the Center. A fine actor, he was able to set aside his own thirst to be on the stage, to allow younger and less acclaimed actors chances to step upon the boards and unveil their talents to the world.” -Maya Angelou-
“In recounting Robert Hooks’ past accomplishments, it becomes clear that he should be actively treasured as a resource today. Everything Robert Hooks has to say is about our engagement with culture for our autonomy and survival as theater artists and as a people.”
-Herbert Allen- Chicago-based playwright & TV producer
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