Gloria Jean Watkins aka bell hooks (September 25, 1952 – December 15, 2021)
This month, we celebrate bell hooks and her contributions to race, class, and culture in her many books, and in her work as a feminist and as a professor.
In her book “All About Love”, she wrote that we put more emphasis on love as a noun, but she asked her readers to use it more like a verb. In the same book, she referred to M. Thomas Peck’s definition of love as
“the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth”.
We have a lot to learn about our relationship to love, loving ourselves and loving others. Dr. Hooks has left us a legacy of instruction in her body of published work.