Audre Lorde has got to be my favorite black feminist ever in life. I don’t remember when exactly I first stumbled across her but she has expanded my ways of thinking in so many ways. In her own words, Lorde was a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” My favorite work of hers is “The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.” She is someone I plan to read a lot more of in 2016. Whenever I’m feeling down, I turn to this quote of hers “I am my best work – a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines.” It reminds that I am always a work in progress AND that’s okay.
Her work is required reading.
Sister Outsider, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name and her collected poems will change your thinking about feminism, women’s empowerment, the place of men in women’s history, and how women’s history can be more inclusive of all women and all oppressions women experience.
This Women’s History Month, The Reign XY salutes Audre Lorde. We thank her for expanding our understanding of feminism and making it a bit easier to be a Black woman in the world today.