A black and white photo of Audre Lorde; she is speaking, has a small afro and thick-rimmed, black oval glasses.Today is Audre Lorde‘s birthday – the legendary black, feminist, lesbian, poet warrior. Much has been said about her, but her message remains as relevant today as it did forty years ago. She has much to teach all of us. Happy birthday, Audre.

…and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive

– Audre Lorde