I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde

Paperback | August 26, 2011

EditorRudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall

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Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century. Her writings and speeches grappled with an impressive broad list of topics, including sexuality, race, gender, class, disease, the arts, parenting, and resistance, andthey have served as a transformative and important foundation for theorists and activists in considering questions of power and social justice. Lorde embraced difference, and at each turn she emphasized the importance of using it to build shared strength among marginalized communities. I Am Your Sister is a collection of Lorde's non-fiction prose, written between 1976 and 1990, and it introduces new perspectives on the depth and range of Lorde's intellectual interests and her commitments to progressive social change. Presented here, for the first time in print, is a major body ofLorde's speeches and essays, along with the complete text of A Burst of Light and Lorde's landmark prose works Sister Outsider and The Cancer Journals. Together, these writings reveal Lorde's commitment to a radical course of thought and action, situating her works within the women's, gay andlesbian, and African American Civil Rights movements. They also place her within a continuum of black feminists, from Sojourner Truth, to Anna Julia Cooper, Amy Jacques Garvey, Lorraine Hansberry, and Patricia Hill Collins. I Am Your Sister concludes with personal reflections from Alice Walker,Gloria Joseph, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and bell hooks on Lorde's political and social commitments and the indelibility of her writings for all who are committed to a more equitable society.

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Audre Lorde was not only a famous poet; she was also one of the most important radical black feminists of the past century. Her writings and speeches grappled with an impressive broad list of topics, including sexuality, race, gender, class, disease, the arts, parenting, and resistance, andthey have served as a transformative and impor...

Rudolph P. Byrd is the Goodrich C. White Professor of American Studies in the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and the Department of African American Studies, and is the Founding Director of the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies at Emory University. Johnnetta Betsch Cole is President Emerita of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.79 inPublished:August 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rudolph P. Byrd: Introduction: Create Your Own Fire: Audre Lorde and the Tradition of Black Radical ThoughtPart I: From Sister Outsider and A Burst of Light1. The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action2. Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface3. Sadomasochism: Not About Condemnation: An Interview with Audre Lorde, Susan Leigh Star4. I Am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities5. Apartheid U.S.A.6. Turning the Beat Around: Lesbian Parenting 19867. A Burst of Light: Living with CancerPart II: My Words Will Be There8. Eva's Man by Gayl Jones: A Review9. Self-Defi nition and My Poetry10. Introduction: Movement in Black by Pat Parker11. My Words Will Be There12. Foreword to the English Edition of Farbe bekennen: Afro-deutsche Frauen auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte13. Preface to a New Edition of Need: A Chorale for Black Woman Voices14. Poet as Teacher--Human as Poet--Teacher as Human15. Poetry Makes Something Happen16. My Mother's MortarPart III: Difference and Survival17. Difference and Survival: An Address at Hunter College18. The First Black Feminist Retreat: July 6, 197719. When Will the Ignorance End? Keynote Speech at the National Third World Gay and Lesbian Conference, October 13, 197920. An Address Delivered as Part of the "Litany of Commitment" at the March on Washington, August 27, 198321. Commencement Address: Oberlin College, May 29, 198922. There Is No Hierarchy of Oppression23. What Is at Stake in Lesbian and Gay Publishing Today: The Bill Whitehead Award Ceremony, 199024. Is Your Hair Still Political?Part IV: Reflections25. Audre Lorde: My Shero, My Teacher, My Sister Friend, Johnnetta Betsch Cole26. Audre's Voice, Alice Walker27. Lorde: The Imagination of Justice, bell hooks28. Remembering Audre Lorde, Gloria I. JosephEpilogue. Bearing Witness: The Legacy of Audre Lorde, Beverly Guy-SheftallContributorsSelected BibliographyChronology