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Quote template: More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs. ―Roxanne Dunbar (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Quote maker)
Quote template: More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs. ―Roxanne Dunbar (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Quote maker)
Quote template: More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs. ―Roxanne Dunbar (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Quote maker)

More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs. ―Roxanne Dunbar

"For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action." ―Audre Lorde

Who is Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (/ˈɔːdri ˈlɔːrd/; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an American writer, womanist, radical feminist, professor, and civil rights activist. She was a self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet," who "dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia." As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life. As a spoken word artist, her delivery has been called powerful, melodic, and intense by the Poetry Foundation. Her poems and prose largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, lesbianism, illness and disability, and the exploration of black female identity.

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Early Life

Lorde was born in New York City to Caribbean immigrants. Her father, Frederick Byron Lorde, (known as Byron) hailed from Barbados and her mother, Linda Gertrude Belmar Lorde, was Grenadian and had been born in the island of Carriacou. Lorde's mother was of mixed ancestry but could "pass" for 'Spanish', which was a source of pride for her family. Lorde's father was darker than the Belmar family liked, and they only allowed the couple to marry because of Byron Lorde's charm, ambition, and persistence. The family settled in Harlem. Nearsighted to the point of being legally blind and the youngest of three daughters (her two older sisters were named Phyllis and Helen), Lorde grew up hearing her mother's stories about the West Indies. At the age of four, she learned to talk while she learned to read, and her mother taught her to write at around the same time. She wrote her first poem when she was in eighth grade. Born as Audrey Geraldine Lorde, she chose to drop the "y" from her first name while still a child, explaining in Zami: A New Spelling of My Name that she was more interested in the artistic symmetry of the "e"-endings in the two side-by-side names "Audre Lorde" than in spelling her name the way her parents had intended.

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