bell hooks (1952–2021) was the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins, MA, PhD, an American professor, social activist, feminist, author, and cultural critic. Her writing focused on the intersectionality of capitalism, gender, and race and their combined ability to perpetuate systemic institutions of oppression and injustice.
The practice of love, says bell hooks, is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination. She traces her thirty-year meditation on love, power, and Buddhism, and concludes it is only love that transforms our personal relationships and heals the wounds of oppression.
Written from both historical and cultural perspectives, Salvation takes an incisive look at the transformative power of love in the lives of African Americans. Whether talking about the legacy of slavery; relationships and marriage in Black life; the prose and poetry of Martin Luther King, Jr.
"When women get together and talk about men, the news is almost always bad news," writes bell hooks. "If the topic gets specific and the focus is on black men, the news is even worse." In this powerful new book, bell hooks arrests our attention from the first page.