Atlantic Center for the Arts

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

“I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”

Audre Lorde was a radical black lesbian socialist feminist womanist, existing in the intersection of many oppressed identities yet refusing to give into fear or silence. She described herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” She fought against racism, sexism, and homophobia, and the ways that all three intersect, channeling her anger into productive energy and activism. Lorde spoke out against racism by white feminists, the sexism by black men, and the homophobia by the black community. Lorde also called for the need to eradicate internalized racism, sexism, and homophobia within ourselves, and for the need to take care of and love ourselves so that we are able to take care of and love others. She wrote many incredible works, including Sister Outsider (a collection of essays and speeches), Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, and The Black Unicorn. Some of her most famous and powerful essays/speeches are “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women redefining difference,” “Poetry Is Not A Luxury,” “A Letter to Mary Daly,” “Uses of the Erotic: The erotic as power,” and “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”