Mary Hooks is a Prism Senior Fellow focused on Black and LGBTQ liberation in the South. A Black lesbian, feminist, and mother, Mary is co-director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG). For more than 25 years, SONG has been a political home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South.
Growing up in a family that migrated from Mississippi to the Midwest, Mary’s commitment to Black liberation, which encompasses the liberation of LGBTQ folks, is rooted in her experiences and the impacts of the War on Drugs on her community. Her people are migrants of the Great Migration, factory workers, church folks, Black women, hustlers and addicts, dykes, studs, femmes, queens and all people fighting for the liberation of oppressed people.
“To reach a world free from fear and where the safety and dignity of all people can be honored, I believe Black people, oppressed people, and all those who are impacted by white supremacy must envision a new world, build our collective power locally and globally, and take action together.” - Mary Hooks