I'm ashamed to admit that despite my overwhelming respect for Audre Lorde, I didn't take a moment last week to celebrate the day of her birth, 77 years ago. I can't think of a writer/activist/individual who's work has spoken to me as deeply as Lorde's. Upon intense self-reflection the past couple of days, I've realized I need her words of wisdom more than ever.
The following are two of my most favorite quotations:
"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood."
"As we come to know accept, and explore our feelings, they will become sanctuaries and fortresses and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas-- the house of difference so necessary to change and the conceptualization of any meaningful action."You really should find her work if you have not done so already.