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Audre Lorde



Audre Lorde (1934–1992) was an American writer, poet, feminist, civil rights activist, and librarian. As a Black lesbian, she dedicated her life and writing to addressing systemic racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and heterosexism.

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Audre Lorde Reads Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power

Audre Lorde reads the essay “Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power.” There are some ad-libs, but this reading is pretty faithful to the final text, which can be found in Lorde’s essay collection Sister Outsider, among other anthologies. One of the most important essays of the 20th century.

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The Cancer Journals

First published over forty years ago, The Cancer Journals is a startling, powerful account of Audre Lorde's experience with breast cancer and mastectomy.

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Have We Been Doing Self-Care All Wrong?

To understand how the term “self-care” has evolved, I dug into the history of the phrase. The term has origins in medical research, but its leap from academia to public awareness can be traced back to the Black Panther Party and Black feminist writers.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageCaring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.

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The Stonewall Reader

June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

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A Timely Collection of Vital Writing by Audre Lorde

In her public appearances, Audre Lorde famously introduced herself the same way: “I am a Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.”

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A Burst of Light and Other Essays

This path-breaking collection of essays is a clarion call to build communities that nurture our spirit. Lorde announces the need for a radical politics of intersectionality while struggling to maintain her own faith as she wages a battle against liver cancer.

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FindCenter Quotes ImagePoetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into an idea, then into more tangible action.

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(1981) Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism”

Racism. The belief in the inherent superiority of one race over all others and thereby the right to dominance, manifest and implied.

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The Selected Works of Audre Lorde

Self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” Audre Lorde is an unforgettable voice in twentieth-century literature, and one of the first to center the experiences of black, queer women.

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