Audre Lorde (1934 – 1992) was a self-identified “black lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” who used her talent as a writer to spread ideas about intersecting oppressions, especially those faced by women.
As society moved toward the anti-war, feminist, and civil rights movements, especially in the 1970s, she moved toward more political themes in her poetry and essays. There are many reasons to love Audre Lorde and keep her legacy alive. Here are just a few: Read More→
Lorraine Hansberry was best known for A Raisin in the Sun (1959), the first play written by an African-American woman to be staged on Broadway. The following quotes by Lorraine Hansberry demonstrate her exceptional talent.
Hansberry won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and numerous other honors for this play, which has been made twice into feature films and continues to be staged around the world.
Among her other well-known works were To Be Young, Gifted and Black (both a stage play and a book) and Les Blancs. She also wrote political essays for magazines and journals, and was active in the pursuit of race and gender equality.
She died prematurely of cancer at age 34, leaving a lasting legacy in the theatrical world.