30 bell hooks Photos And Quotes To Inspire You

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I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.

bell hooks is an American author, feminist, and social activist. She was born Gloria Jean Watkins on September 25, 1952 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky to a working-class family. She attended a segregated public school and eventually endured a difficult transition to an integrated school where teachers and students were predominately white. According to hooks, the rural, black community she grew up in turned the hardships created by racism into a source of strength. The neighborhood where she grew up provided her with resistance to racism and the negative and positive experiences that would shape her as a feminist.

hooks's writing examines the intersections of race, capitalism, and gender. She has published over 30 books and numerous scholarly articles, appeared in documentary films, and participated in public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern perspective, she has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media, and feminism. In 2014, she founded the bell hooks Institute at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. The institute brings together academics with local community members to study, learn, and engage in critical dialogue. She chose her pseudoynm "bell hooks" to honor her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks, a woman who hooks says was known for speaking her mind. The name was first used her for a small book of poems entitled "And There We Wept." The unconventional lowercasing of her name signifies what is most important is her works: the "substance of books, not who I am." Celebrate Black History Month with these photos of an inspiring woman and soak up the wisdom her quotes.



The one person who will never leave us, whom we will never lose, is ourself. Learning to love our female selves is where our search for love must begin.

If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.


When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.

Racism has always been a divisive force separating black men and white men, and sexism has been a force that unites the two groups.

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Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.

Feminist thinking teaches us all, especially, how to love justice and freedom in ways that foster and affirm life.

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Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.

There can be no love without justice.

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hooks with Gloria Steinem

Since loving is about knowing, we have more meaningful love relationships when we know each other and it takes time to know each other.


hooks and Janet Mock

Once you do away with the idea of people as fixed, static entities, then you see that people can change, and there is hope.

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hooks with Jada Pinkett Smith, Gloria Steinem, and Willow Smith.

Live simply so that others may simply live.


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If any female feels she need anything beyond herself to legitimate and validate her existence, she is already giving away her power to be self-defining, her agency.


Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect and trust.

True resistance begins with people confronting pain... and wanting to do something to change it.


hooks and Emma Watson

Being oppressed means the absence of choices.

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Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape.

Feminism is for everybody.

Images via Twitter and The bell hooks Institute

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