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date: 27 October 2020

Lorde, Audre locked

(18 Feb. 1934–17 Nov. 1992),
  • Sholomo B. Levy

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poet, writer, and activist, was born Audrey Geraldine Lorde in Harlem, New York City, the youngest of three daughters of Frederic Byron Lorde, a laborer and real estate broker from Barbados, and Linda Bellmar, from Grenada, who sometimes found work as a maid. Lorde's parents came to the United States from the Caribbean with hopes of earning enough money to return to the West Indies and start a small business. During the Depression the realization that the family was going to remain exiled in America slowly set in. Growing up in this atmosphere of disappointment had a profound impact on Lorde's development, as questions of identity, nationality, and community membership occupied her mind.

Ironically this woman whose living and reputation derived from her skillful use of words had to struggle as a child to acquire speech and literacy She was so nearsighted that she ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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