Audre Lorde is what every woman should aspire to be, compassionate, innovative, intelligent and resilient. Lorde is, as she describes herself, "a black feminist lesbian mother poet." She has redefined the meaning of feminism, being a lesbian and being a mother, while handling the injustice and mistreatment of being a Black woman in America. Any challenge presented to her, she's conquered fearlessly and her legacy is just a remarkable as her poetry. Lorde dedicated her life and writing to addressing social injustice, with sexism, racism and homophobia. Lorde lived her truth and was open about her personal life, motherhood and the discrimination she faces on the daily because of her lifestyle choices. All of what she was, made her the woman she was, and she was proud and had pride in just that.
Her writing was passionate, sincere and had depth of feeling. Her writing was a reflection of her experiences and her wants for women, for the LGBT community and for African Americans. She was an advocate. She was the voice of the women who were silent, too afraid to be who they are because of fear of acceptance; although, she was taunted and criticized for her lifestyle, she did not let it stop her purpose.
I love Lorde most for not being afraid to speak her mind. Her anger towards society, not just white America, but her African American male counterparts, fueled for some excellent writings. Lorde knew that as Black women, we need support from Black men first and then the rest will follow. Lorde states in Black Women Writers (1950-1980), "As Black people, we cannot begin our dialogue by denying the oppressive nature of male privilege, and if Black males choose to assume that privilege, for whatever reason, raping, brutalizing, and killing women, then we cannot ignore Black male oppression. One oppression does not justify another.”
She's everything I would hope to be, confident in myself, proficient in my work and writings and resilient against anything trying to stop me. Long Live Lorde!