2.18.1934

black. lesbian. mother. warrior. poet

Happy Birthday Audre Lorde!

recently Tracie D. Hall said, 

"I truly believe that Audre Lorde’s “The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House” is the most under-read text in America.

The phrase so often repeated, but never fully understood.

If we could rise to a collective recognition of what she was telling us, we could change the course of history."

i agree with Tracie.

when i first read this particular speech i couldn't help but chuckle because Lorde starts the speech off by checking those in attendance. lol. 

it is a brilliant example of a time when she practiced what she preached.  speaking truths even when they might be difficult or uncomfortable.

so this year for Audre Lorde's birthday, i encourage you to read and share Lorde's speech.

This year her birthday falls on a day in which I will be teaching my latest class "Uses of the Erotic: Burlesque as Power". We'll be reading Uses of the Erotic in full, discussing and sharing, and partaking in some sweets in honor and celebration of Lorde's legacy!

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