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2.18.1934

black. lesbian. mother. warrior. poet

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Happy Birthday Audre Lorde!

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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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