A portrait of acclaimed author and social activist Bell Hooks is set to hang in the state capitol. State officials announced on Tuesday and noted that Hooks’ contributions to the literary world and social justice movements make her a worthy addition to the capitol’s collection.

Hooks, who was born in Kentucky and currently resides in Berea, has written extensively on issues of race, gender, and class. Her work has influenced discussions around social justice, and her writing has been praised for its clarity and insight.

Local leaders and activists have widely applauded the decision to display Hooks’ portrait in the state capitol. They believe that Hooks’ presence in the capitol will be a powerful reminder of the importance of fighting for social justice and equality.

Hooks herself has expressed gratitude for the honor, noting that it is a testament to the power of literature and the importance of speaking out against injustice. She hopes her portrait will inspire others to fight for a more just and equitable society.

The portrait will be unveiled in a special ceremony later this month and will be displayed in the capitol for all visitors.