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.
In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope.
Written with a “black woman’s anger” and the precision of a poet, these searing pieces by the groundbreaking writer Audre Lorde are a celebration of female strength and solidarity, and a cry to speak out against those who seek to silence anyone they see as ‘other.’
Audre Lorde came to Berlin as a guest professor at the John-F.-Kennedy Institute at the Free University of Berlin in 1984. That year she gave a reading at the annual conference of the German Association of North-American Studies which took place at the Amerika House.