Belvie Rooks is a writer, educator and human rights activist whose work weaves together the worlds of spirituality, feminism, ecology, and social justice. As an educator she was a member of the founding faculty of the College of Social Justice at the State University of New York (SUNY) Old Westbury. She has been a board member of the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS), Bioneers, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Her published works have appeared in many publications and anthologies including: Sacred Poems and Prayers in Praise of Life; The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult,edited by Alice Walker; My Soul is a Witness: African American Women’s Spirituality; Life Notes: Personal Writings by Black Women; Birthing God: Women’s Experiences of the Divine; Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart; Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices. She is also an American Book Award winner as senior editor of Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris. She is co-founder with Dedan Gills of Growing a Global Heart. “To plant a tree is to plant hope.” Both Belvie and Dedan have essays in Global Chorus, 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet, an anthology that includes Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, and others. (Photo of Belvie by Sharon Garner.)
Watch THE REDEMPTION PROJECT a CNN Original Series with Van Jones, and Belvie as contributor, on Sunday p.m., beginning April 29.
Listen to her talk, “From Slavery to Stardust: What Would Healing Look Like?” on Bioneers Radio Series.
See her at Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, for “Loving the Earth” conference.