The iconic black feminist author, teacher and activist has joined the ancestors.
As scholars and teachers of Black Studies, we are grateful for his example: his ground-breaking scholarship, his incisive writing for the public, his relentless political and cultural activism, and his deep commitment to teaching at all levels. .
From these avenues of her legendary career, she has touched countless souls and transformed countless minds.
She moved us.
Any serious thinker over the past 40 years with an interest in film, visual arts, feminism, pedagogy, and the politics of emotion has struggled with their varied and prolific genius, just like any serious committed person. for social justice for oppressed people everywhere.
At the intersection of these commitments was Bell Hooks’ work in Black Feminist Cultural Critique, which has given us the very terminology we use in our everyday teaching and scholarship, including “the capitalist heteropatriarchy of the white supremacy ”.
the bell hooks have also taught us about love: how it can be practiced and where it can be theorized, as well as its as yet unrealized possibilities when bounded by the forces of racism, sexism and classism.
She said that love is an action, not a feeling, and that love, rather than just an interpersonal feeling, can be “the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.”
In such a conception of love, especially of love for and for black women, the doorbell hooks explained in jargon-free terms how lived experience and reality always go hand in hand with the dreamlike possibilities of the not yet. the.
For bell hooks, such an entanglement began from black feminism and black-centered pedagogy, but its love-related practice also spread behind these social formations, as evidenced by the title of the l ‘one of his many influential books, Feminism is for everyone (2000).
When the announcement of Bell Hooks’ earthly departure saturated on social media, we pulled her books from our shelves to take a look at her lyrics to thank her for being a part of our foundation for the black feminist thought.
We turned tousled pages to remember phrases underlined in Teach to transgress (1994).
the bell hooks embellished Paulo Freire’s understanding of critical pedagogy with the empowerment of black feminism and radical thought.
Scribbled comments attached to underlined sentences adorned with exclamation marks, “Amens” and asterisks assured us that we were in the right profession. the bell hooks emphasized the freedom to teach while black people.
She also emphasized the freedom to teach while being pro-black.
She reflected love by paying homage to black women writers and scholars who shared her intellectual space to bring forth the power to love students in our classrooms.
This season has already been marked by the priceless losses of so many giants of black culture and scholarship: Albert Raboteau, Charles W. Mills, Virgil Abloh, Robert Farris Thompson and Greg Tate.
As we continue our one-year celebration of 50 Years of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina, we collectively mourn and honor those who educated black in the field it is today.
Our professional lives are impossible without hard work, example and unwavering love for doorbell hooks.
Dr Nancy Tolson is Assistant Director of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. Dr Seulghee Lee
is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and English at the University of South Carolina.