Reclamation Reading Room: Salvation


I no longer believe in the myth of romantic love. I see it for others but for me the concept of romantic love seems completely divorced from the reality of my lived experiences. What I’m hoping for at this stage of my life is mutual attraction, respect, friendship and committed partnership. Even that, I realize is a tall order, specifically if my focus is on a straight Black male partner (its not).

In “Salvation” hooks discusses the history of Black love and offers a path to understand and healing the riffs in our community.


Acclaimed visionary and intellectual bell hooks began her exploration of the meaning of love in American culture with the bestselling All About Love: New Visions. Here she continues her love song to the nation in the groundbreaking and soul-stirring Salvation: Black People and Love.

Whether talking about the legacy of slavery, relationships and marriage in Black life, the prose and poetry of our most revered artists and leaders, the liberation movements of the 1950s, '60s, and '70s, or hip-hop and gangsta rap culture, hooks lets us know what love's got to do with it.

Salvation is work that helps us heal -- and shows us how to create beloved American communities.