2018 Team

Mary Hooks

Mary Hooks

Atlanta, GA

  • 2017
  • Fellow

Mary Hooks is a Black lesbian feminist, mother, organizer, and Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (S. SONG is a political home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. The organization builds, sustains, and connects a Southern regional base of LGBTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, coalition and alliance building, intersectional analysis, and organizing.

Mary joined SONG as a member in 2009 and begin organizing with the organization in 2010. Mary’s commitment to Black liberation, which encompasses the liberation of LGBTQ liberation, is rooted in her experiences growing up under the impacts of the War on Drugs. 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 the oppressed.

“The mandate: to avenge the suffering of our ancestors, to earn the respect of future generations, and to be transformed in the service of the work. Let’s get free, y’all!”

—Mary Hooks