Happy Birthday, Audre Lorde. The self-described Lorde was a “black-lesbian feminist mother lover poet.”Lorde co-founded Kitchen Table Women of Color Press, the first U.S. publisher for women of color. While working hard as a feminist for women’s rights, Lorde was also a great critic of the feminist movement for not being more inclusive of and aware of the issue of race. Lorde was one of the first to acknowledge and point to how connected racism, sexism, and homophobia are linked–an idea that was not well received initially. Lorde’s activism did not contain itself to just feminism and gay rights advocacy, but she was also a vocal opponent to the Vietnam War. I think you will find this video of Lorde powerful and inspirational. The first part of the video is shortly before she died.
Happy Birthday, Helen Gurley Brown. Brown is probably best known for her best selling book: Sex and the Single Girl and for being the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine for 31 years.
Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison. Morrison is the author of two of my favorite novels: The Bluest Eye and Beloved. Neither novel is an easy read, but I love how Morrison addresses the issues of race, class, and gender. Morrison is an extraordinary gift to literature.
Quote of the day:
What difference do it make if the thing you scared of is real or not?–Toni Morrison