Saddened to hear about the passing of acclaimed author, trailblazer and activist bell hooks.
As an author and activist, bill hooks truly influenced some of my early views about feminism and the intersection of gender, race and class.
Thankfully, her writing was prominent in my women’s studies lectures at University – thanks to brilliant poet, writer and lecturer, Merle Collins.
The majority of the class were not women of colour, so their experiences of feminism did not include the specific experiences and issues faced by many women of colour.
Just pulled out my copy of ‘Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism’ which still has some of my class lecture notes inside.
Thanks again to brilliant poet, writer and university lecturer Merle Collins and New Beacon bookshop for their vision, shining the light and ensuring that we were seen.
Bell hooks was a trailblazer and her writing has impacted the lives of so many people and will continue to do so.