Today we honor bell hooks, author and social activist who is known for empowering women. Born as Gloria Jean Watkins on September 25, 1952, she adopted the she chose the pseudonym bell hooks in tribute to her mother and great-grandmother. She spells her pen name in lowercase to shift the attention from her identity to her ideas.
hooks is an acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, distinguished professor, and artist. She has written over thirty books addressing topics of race, class, gender in education, art, history, mass media, and feminism. In 2020, bell hooks was featured in TIME as one of the most influential women of the past century.
bell hooks is a literary icon who speaks out about systems of oppression. She gives a voice to relevant issues through an intersectional lens. Today we celebrate this powerful Black woman, she is changing conversations and changing lives.
“No black woman writer in this culture can write “too much”. Indeed, no woman writer can write “too much”…No woman has ever written enough.”
― bell hooks,
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Schools bell hooks attended: BA from Stanford University, MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD from the University of California-Santa Cruz.
Places bell hooks has taught: USC, Yale University, Oberlin College, the City College of New York, and Berea College.