bell hooks – Speech at the International Women’s Convocation
Read by Jessica Almasy
*We recognize that no figure, group, or movement is without complexity. In highlighting each of these speeches, we seek to honor first and foremost the act of speaking truth to power.
A couple of years ago my sister—one of my five sisters—died unexpectedly. She was 62 years old We were all just shocked. She seemed very well. I had seen her and had good times. But she fell and when she went to the doctor it turned out she had lung cancer. On the way here, I was reading some information from the Lung Cancer Foundation and found out lung cancer kills more women than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer combined. I was stunned by that. And I knew that lung cancer has been a very leading cause of death for many black women. Read More