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Feb 19, 2019

Black History Month: Happy Birthday Audre Lorde!

Happy Black History Month! This year Equality NC is creating space to honor the lives and legacies of black LGBTQ icons. Today we’re recognizing the work of Audre Lorde -- who coincidentally would have celebrated her birthday yesterday, Feb. 18.

Audre Lorde is an architect of intersectional feminism, harnessing her ability to craft language and dissect the injustices people endure while living at the intersections of multiple marginalized identities. A self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” Lorde’s work beautifully -- and often heartbreakingly -- explores the ways in which racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia shape the lives of human beings and maintain systems of power and oppression.

An icon of feminist, academic and civil rights circles, Lorde built a legacy that continues to inform the direction of progressive movements today. Mainstream feminism owes its foundation to the work of Lorde and others who pushed the boundaries of the ways that we understand and talk about identity.

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” --Audre Lorde

Equality NC strives to honor the life and legacy of Audre Lorde today and everyday through our commitment to fight for all marginalized individuals. Thank you for your support.

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