February 16, 2024

Black History Month - Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

February 18, 1934 - November 17, 1992

  • Poet, essayist, librarian, womanist, and civil rights activist
  • Learned to use poems to express her feelings as a result of difficulty communicating as a child
  • Worked as a professor in the 1950s and 1960s, where she furthered her self-acceptance as a lesbian woman and influenced students to think more deeply
  • Empowered African women living in Europe to become more conscious through an Afro-German movement she started in Berlin
  • Poetic and prose written by Lorde dealt with personal issues, feminism, Civil Rights, and the Black female individuality

Learn More!
The Audre Lorde Project
The Paris Review
National Women's History Museum
National Museum of African American History and Culture