“It is Better to Speak”: Celebrating Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (left) with authors Meridel Lesueur and Adrienne Rich hosting a 1980 writing workshop, Photo by K. Kendall

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”- Audre Lorde

The African-American, lesbian, poet, and essayist, Audre Lorde left behind a feminist legacy when she passed away in 1992.  Among her renowned pieces of work are: Sister Outsider, A Burst of Light: Essays, and The Black Unicorn: Poems.  Born on February 18, 1934 in Depression-era Harlem, Lorde is known for her revolutionary views on race, sex, sexuality, and class.  Her powerful writing and ideas have become critical to the intersectional and inclusive ideals behind the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Remember Audre Lorde this month with your favorite quotes or poems.  Share your favorite writing by Lorde with us on Twitter with @OurSecureFuture #AudreLorde.