Spelman College is about to make public the personal writings of Audre Lorde, one of the most important black lesbian and feminist voices of the last generation.
Lorde died of breast cancer in 1992 and bequeathed her personal papers to the private, historically black female arts college in Atlanta with a stipulation: The archives would be embargoed until an authorized biography of her life was completed. That work, Warrior Poet—what Lorde called herself—was published in 2004.
The Women’s Research & Resource Center will become the repository for the Lorde archives, which includes poems, manuscripts, journals, letters and other artifacts, as well as several unpublished speeches.
The Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has now decided to focus much of its energy on fighting homophobia, says director Beverly Guy-Sheftall. She says Spelman faculty began to explore sexual orientation about 10 years ago and is “the only historically black college doing it consistently. We teach Audre Lorde in our women’s studies courses on campus," she notes, adding there is “tremendous excitement” among Spelman faculty and students about the Lorde papers.
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