World-renowned author and visionary bell hooks offers a critical insight on self-esteem as one of the most critical issues affecting African Americans from the ages of slavery to the present day. In Rock My Soul, hooks vividly describes the image painted by the African-American identity crisis in terms of living in fear, anxiety, and shame. The scholar takes an in-depth look at how privileged the urban, young or old, African-Americans can redeem themselves by healing the scars of the past to promote and maintain self-esteem. She asserts that this is the foundation for laying down the roots for a stable black community with a prosperous future. Her pen name “bell hooks” is inherited from her great-grandmother named Bell Blair Hooks, a woman who was known for her courage to speak her mind at all times. Drawing inspiration from her grandmother, hooks has been at the forefront in fighting for equality for the better part of her adult life. She is dedicated to working tirelessly in writing from her heart and drawing attention to these societal issues. Her work is inspired by her personal life experiences and hope for a better future. Her writing is largely focused on the dynamics of race, gender, and capitalism. She describes how these factors produce and perpetuate complicated systems of domination and oppression in the world.