Audre Lorde described herself as a ‘black lesbian mother warrior poet’. She is today’s #BlackHistoryMonth LGBT+ hero, chosen by Deb, Norwich Pride Secretary.
Born in New York in 1934, Lorde worked as a librarian for many years before she published her first volume of poetry, First Cities, in 1968. Her work covered everything from civil rights (The Black Unicorn) and sexuality, to her own battle with breast cancer (A Burst of Light, for which Lorde received an American Book Award).She inspired Barbara Smith to found Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, the first U.S. publisher by, for, and about women of colour. From 1991 until her death a year later, Lorde was the New York State Poet Laureate. In 2001, the Audre Lorde Award was launched to honour works of lesbian poetry.
Deb says: “I saw Audre Lorde in the documentary feature ‘Before Stonewall’ and thought she was a formidable force. Someone I would have liked to know. She was fierce in her activism and dedicated her life to confronting and addressing injustice.”
If you would like to nominate your hero or find out more about our BAME LGBT+ Forum, please email Norwich Pride historian Stevie at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can check out all our Black History Month LGBT+ heroes on our website www.norwichpride.org.uk/news/
To download a copy of the Norfolk Black History Month 2020 brochure go to: www.norfolkblackhistorymonth.org/events