Warrior Poet Audre Lorde

By K. Kendall (originally posted to Flickr as Audre Lorde) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

by Zaquoya Rogers

Audre Lorde was a black feminist writer and civil rights activist that used her skilled talent in poetry to express the social injustices she witnessed and experienced throughout her life. Being a black female lesbian, she experienced discrimination from all aspects, but that did not stop her from addressing the issues of racism, sexism, and homophobia. It was stated that all of her writings ring with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling. Her writings persuaded readers to look within their own lives and witness the prejudice they may have overlooked and react to it. She has called herself “A self-styled black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” and that she is.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”