Audre Lorde famously wrote: “Revolution is not a one-time event.” In order to understand what we are seeing on the news and experiencing in our lives, it’s important to understand how history has shaped this moment. Reaching back to books published by black thinkers and feminists decades ago shows us (depressingly) how things are still very much the same, but also (empoweringly) gives us language and context for understanding what we are seeing now – and therefore the ability to disrupt tactics of oppression that still operate today.
legendary writer, civil rights activists and feminist, Audre Lorde, lays out her compelling take on what it means to be a Black lesbian woman, in a classic work of intersectional feminism. Lorde draws on her own experience of oppression, from racism to sexism and classism, to highlight the issues of her time. Her work is still just as vital today for those who want to learn from her in order to fight for change.
If you haven't read Black lesbian icon Audre Lorde, start here. In a series of 15 searing essays and speeches, Lorde takes aim at sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class in language that will have you highlighting every other line. Originally published over 30 years ago, it's never been more timely.