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Your Silence Will Not Protect You!: The Writing of Audre Lorde featuring the Gender, Black Feminism and Environmental Justice Ford Foundation Collection

Audre Lorde’s powerful voice, documented in her poems, essays, speeches, biomythography and Cancer Journals, remain vital and instructive. It is not only worth reading for its own sake, but continues to provide keen insight into the differences that strengthen communities.  Over the course of six sessions, participants will  discuss Lorde’s writings as they explore issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Audre Lorde in front of a blackboard that reads women are powerful and dangerous


Meeting Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Meeting Time: 6:30 - 7:30pm

February 28th – Introduction: Distribution of Readings and Syllabi: Selections from Warrior Poet, Alexis de Veaux’s biography of Lorde

March 7th – The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde: This is the definitive collection of Lorde’s poetry, with poems from her early and late careers, featuring work both well-known and waiting to be discovered by new readers.

March 21st – Sister Outsiders: Speeches by Audre Lorde: This collection of essays by Lorde constitute her most explicit challenge to the oppression she experienced and observed in the lives of others, including racism, sexism, and homophobia.

March 28th – The Cancer Journals: In this collection of essays, Lorde describes her experiences with breast cancer, and how medical treatment and recovery relate to issues of gender and race.

April 11th – Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: Lorde’s “biomythography” not only tells the story of her own life, but that of the other women who played an important role in it, and the symbols that structure all of our lives.

April 18th – Film Screening: The Edge of Each Other’s Battle: The Vision of Audre Lorde

Contact Information:

The MLK Library
231 Sims Hall
Kishauna Soljour