Beloved author, professor and feminist bell hooks known for titles including “Aint I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism” and “All About Love,” died Dec. 15 at age 69. hooks had over 40 books published, what made hooks work stand out was she created a space for Black Women at a time when many white feminists did not believe race had anything to do with feminism. Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism, whose title refers to the famed Sojourner Truth speech, was written during the 70s while hooks was an undergraduate but was not published until 1981. Hooks believed race, gender, and class could not exist in isolation from each other and “the struggle to end racism and the struggle to end sexism were intertwined,” as she wrote.
“We sadly confirm that our sister Gloria Jean Watkins (bell hooks) passed away at her home,” her family said in a statement.