Who is Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (/ˈɔːdri lɔːrd/; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. She was a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” who dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and homophobia.

As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life. Her poems and prose largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, lesbianism, illness and disability, and the exploration of black female identity.


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  • Priyankaluvbot: audre lorde’s essay “eye to eye: black women, hatred and anger” is still on my mind all the time there were a lot of essays in sister outsider that i’ll come back to and reread in the future but that one…absolutely incredible
  • Al_berlini: "whenever the need for some pretense of communication arises, those who profit from our oppression call upon us to share our knowledge with them. in other words, it is the responsibility of the oppressed to teach the oppressors their mistakes" audre lorde 1980
  • Thenapministry: “caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” -audre lorde another muse of this work
  • Poclitbot: where there is no food my eyes are always hungry and remembering however the image enters its force remains. audre lorde, afterimages
  • Amaliah_tweets: "our mothers were never taught to say no. they were never taught that they can’t pour from an empty vessel and that putting yourself first is not an act of self-indulgence, but rather, as audre lorde says, it is an act of political warfare."
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There is a blue star, Janet,
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