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A sacrament of love: Black Catholic reflections on the life and legacy of bell hooks
One of our nation’s leading public intellectuals, Black feminist author and social activist bell hooks has inspired many generations of academics and non-academics alike, due not only to her commitment of creating and producing pedagogy rooted in anti-racist and anti-patriarchal practices, but her down-to-earth “anyone-can-do-it-too” approach to the work of social justice.
Hooks died in 2021 at the age of 69 , an immense loss for both the African American community and those who knew her personally and were deeply impacted by her life’s work.
And for so many Black Catholics, who have fought time and again to be visible to a church that has continually benefited from our marginality and status as “other,” hooks’ liberating praxes rooted in the intersectional concerns of race, class and gender inequalities continue to inspire those with their own charisms of teaching, preaching, healing, and prophetic witness to use their vocations as clergy, laity, and theological educators to further transgress systems of oppression.
“Bell hooks’ teachings have impacted me as a Black Catholic woman by helping me to understand and embrace a freer, more expansive, and intentionally intersectional embodiment of my identities,” said Sydney Curtis, a doctoral candidate […]