Google is turning its annual Black History Month Doodle into Audrey Lorde, an internationally acclaimed poet and civil rights champion. The self-described “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet” is known for writing depicting hatred for racial and sexual prejudice.
Google on Thursday dedicated a slideshow doodle to mark the 87th birthday of the Lords, whose prose also celebrated Black identity and rejected the notion that unity required uniformity. The slideshow illustrated by Los Angeles-based guest artist Monica Ahanonu features an excerpt from her 60s speech, which she gave during the Malcolm X celebration at Harvard University in 1982.
Born in New York in 1934 for Caribbean immigrants, Lorde published her first poem at the age of 15 in Seventeen magazine, when her high school literary magazine called it inappropriate. She attended poetry workshops and after graduating from Hunter College and Columbia University School of Library Science, she became an English professor and worked as a librarian while writing poetry.
His first poem, The First Cities, was published in 1968 and soon to the 1970s Cables to Rage, which explores his anger at social and personal injustice. It is also notable for being the first poetic confirmation of her homosexuality.
Her 1973 collection explores a land where others live, which was nominated for the National Book Award, along with anger, loneliness and injustice, as well as her identity as a black woman, mother and lover.
He was awarded the American Book Award in 1989 and later in 1991 as the New York State Poet Prize through a Walt Whitman citation of merit.
Lorde has also been active in literary and political organizations, including co-founder Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, which supported black feminist writers in South Africa, and the Sisterhood of Sisters in Support, living a life under apartheid Women were assisted.
In 1980’s The Cancer Chronicles, Lorde chronicled the early stages of his 14-year battle with cancer, which would kill him in 1992.
In addition to his versions of the poem, Lord left a long legacy. The annual Audrey Lord Award, named in his honor, honored the work of gay poetry. The Audrey Lord Project is an organization for LGBT people of color that focuses on progressive issues in New York City, such as the LGBT community, immigrant activism and prison reform.