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Audre Lorde died 27 years ago today

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“I do have hope. To face the realities of our lives is not a reason for despair—despair is a tool of your enemies. Facing the realities of our lives gives us motivation for action. For you are not powerless. Each one of us is privileged. Your privilege is not a reason for guilt, it is part of your power, to be used in support of those things you say you believe. Because to absorb without use is the gravest error of privilege. . “How much of your lives are you willing to spend merely protecting your privileged status? Is that more than you are prepared to spend putting your dreams and beliefs for a better world into action? That is what creativity and empowerment are all about. The rest is destruction. And it will have to be one or the other.” – Audre Lorde, 1989 . Picture: Audre Lorde (Feb. 18, 1934 – Nov. 17, 1992), 1984. Photo © Dagmar Shultz. . Audre Lorde, who died 27 years ago today, was a self-described “Black lesbian mother warrior poet,” best known as a visionary in Black feminist thought and for her analyses of the intersectional nature of all oppression. . “Throughout all of Audre Lorde’s writing, both nonfiction and fiction, a single theme surfaces repeatedly,” Allison Kimmich wrote. “The black lesbian feminist poet activist reminds her readers that they ignore differences among people at their peril… Instead, Lorde suggests, differences in race or class must serve as a ‘reason for celebration and growth.’” . Audre Lorde died of liver cancer on November 17, 1992; she was 58. Before her death, she took the name Gamba Adisa, which means "Warrior: She Who Makes Her Meaning Known." #HavePrideInHistory #AudreLorde #Resist

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