Google Black History Month graffiti commemorates poet activist Audrey Lord

According to foreign media CNET, Google passed the annual “Black History Month” graffiti on Thursday to commemorate Audre Lorde (Audre Lorde), an internationally renowned poet and civil rights advocate. Lord calls herself “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”, and her most famous works reflect her hatred of racial and sexual prejudice.


Google made a special slide Doodle on Thursday to celebrate Lord’s 87th birthday. Her prose also celebrated black identity and rejected the notion that similar identities need to be unified. This slide is drawn by guest artist Monica Ahanonu in Los Angeles. The content is an excerpt from her speech “Learning From the 60s” at the Malcolm X celebration at Harvard University in 1982. .


Lord was born as a Caribbean immigrant in New York in 1934. At the age of 15, she published her first poem in Seventeen magazine. She attended poetry workshops, and after graduating from Hunter College of the City University of New York and Columbia University School of Library Science, she became an English professor and worked as a librarian while writing poetry.



Her first collection of poems “The First Cities” was published in 1968, followed by “Cables to Rage” in 1970, which explored her anger against social and personal injustice. It is worth mentioning that this is also the first time she has confirmed her lesbian identity in the form of poetry.


Her collection of works “From a Land Where Other People Live” published in 1973 was nominated for the National Book Award, which explored anger, loneliness and injustice, and her identity as a black woman, mother and lover.


She won the American Book Award in 1989 and later won the New York State Poet Laureate in 1991 through the Walt Whitman Meritorious Award.


Lord also actively participated in literary and political organizations, including co-founding Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press to provide support for black feminist writers; Sisterhood in Support of Sisters in South Africa to help women living under apartheid.


In “The Cancer Chronicles” published in 1980, Lord recorded the early stages of her 14-year struggle with cancer. She died of illness in 1992.


In addition to her collection of poems, Lord also left a large legacy. The annual Audrey Lord Prize, named after her, honors the poetry of lesbians. The Audrey Lord Project is an organization that serves LGBT people of color, focusing on the progress of New York City, such as the LGBT community, immigration activities, and prison reforms.


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