” Poetry is not only a dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”
20 years ago today, the black lesbian writer and activist, Audre Lorde, transitioned away from this world to another. A poet laureate to both women of color and white feminists, she gifted us with the power of her words, which today we find anchored in her books, poetry, and talks. She championed the use of writing for change, a vision that we embrace and a legacy that we must carry forward.
Watch the archived livestream – Celebration Audre Lorde: 20 Years Later – filmed at Hunted College on October 12, 2012. The livestream features an array of scholars such as, Rupa Oza, Johnetta Betsch Cole, Rich Blint, Ange-Marie Hancock, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, and many more, all of whom reflect on the impact Lorde had on their lives and their writing. It’s not only moving, but also inspiring. Has Audre Lorde affected your life? If so, how? Let us know below.
“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won’t.”