Feminist scholars and activists around the world have lost a central presence and Black feminist voice in bell hooks. She died on Wednesday, December 15, at her Kentucky home at the age of 69.
The Department of Feminist Studies recognizes and honors the life, activism, and Black feminist scholarship of bell hooks. She was the author of many books, including Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, Teaching to Transgress, Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, Killing Rage, and All About Love: New Visions.
In November 2021, UCSB graduate students Anna Wald, AP Pierce and Alex Mireles and Chair Laury Oaks, along with UCSB Sociology/Feminist Studies Ph.D. and Professor at Colgage University Meika Loe, organized a roundtable at the National Women’s Studies Association conference to discuss hooks’ classic Teaching to Transgress and Becky Thompson’s Teaching with Tenderness. We teach bell hooks in our Feminist Studies courses. Some of us had the joy of seeing her give presentations at UCSB, and others benefitted from her mentorship at different universities.
We join with anti-racist feminists around the globe as we mourn the loss of bell hooks as a visionary and touchstone.