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Books and Breakfast Program: 9/24/2016 Sister Outsider

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About the Book: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

When: Saturday, September 24, 10am – 12pm

Where: MLKCC, 40 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde’s philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published. These landmark writings are, in Lorde’s own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy.

Recommendations from:

"Sister Outsider:Essays and Speeches." 2016.   Books & Authors  Gale. Gale Internal User. 28 Aug 2016 <>

About the Author - Audre Lorde

Born: 1934

Died: 1992

A self-styled 'black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,' writer Audre Lorde dedicated both her life and her creative talent to confronting and addressing the injustices of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Her poetry, and 'indeed all of her writing,' according to contributor Joan Martin in Black Women Writers (1950-1980): A Critical Evaluation, 'rings with passion, sincerity, perception, and depth of feeling.' Concerned with modern society's tendency to categorize groups of people, Lorde fought the marginalization of such categories as 'lesbian' and 'black woman,' thereby empowering her readers to react to the prejudice in their own lives.


"Audre Lorde." 2001. Books & Authors. Gale. Gale Internal User 28 Aug 2016 <>


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