Today in Women’s History Month: “Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference – those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths.” — Audre Lorde
Audre Lorde, born in New York City to West Indian immigrant parents, published her first poem in Seventeen magazine while still in high school. As a poet, she is best known for her technical mastery and emotional expression. Self-described as “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to activism, confronting the injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia she observed and experienced.
Audre Lorde’s work spanned poetry, prose, and film and she was a founding member of Sisters in Support of Sisters in South Africa, an organization that worked to raise concerns about women under apartheid.
Lorde died of liver cancer in 1992, in St. Croix. In an African naming ceremony before her death, she took the name Gamba Adisa, which means "Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known”. #blacklivesmatter #womenshistorymonth #audrelorde