Author and Trailblazer of Feminist Theory bell hooks Has Died at 69

Groundbreaking author and leader in modern feminist theory bell hooks died from an undisclosed illness on Dec. 15 at 69. Per a press release shared with the Lexington Herald-Leader, hooks was at her home in Berea, KY, surrounded by friends and family, when it happened.

Hooks, née Gloria Jean Watkins, was born and raised in segregation-era Kentucky, in the small town of Hopkinsville. She studied english at Stanford University and went on to get a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She’s been a National Book Award recipient, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and taught at a number of universities. She also founded the bell hooks Institute at Berea College in 2014.

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