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A Look Back At The Life Of bell hooks

Signs cover the windows of a storefront in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
Signs cover the windows of a storefront in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

On Wednesday, feminist critic and author bell hooks died at her home in Kentucky.

She was 69 years old. And during her life, she wrote more than 30 books that grappled with subjects like race, feminism, and love.

In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered she said:

“Everywhere I go, people want to feel more connected. They want to feel more connected to their neighbors. They want to feel more connected to the world. And when we learn that through love we can have that connection, we can see the stranger as ourselves. And I think that it would be absolutely fantastic to have that sense of ‘Let’s return to kind of a utopian focus on love, not unlike the sort of hippie focus on love.’ Because I always say to people, you know, the ’60s’ focus on love had its stupid sentimental dimensions, but then it had these life-transforming dimensions. When I think of the love of justice that led three young people, two Jews and one African American Christian, to go to the South and fight for justice and give their lives — Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner — I think that’s a quality of love that’s awesome. … I tell this to young people, you know, that we can love in a deep and profound way that transforms the political world in which we live in.”

We dive into her life and lasting legacy.

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Jonquilyn Hill