Audre Lorde used her good communication skills to speak out against injustice. She wrote poetry protesting discrimination against women and Black people. She also wrote poetry to celebrate her heritage and other Black women! As a poet writing about difficult subjects, she had to have courage to communicate her ideas. 
Audre knew that having a clear message is important. Sometimes Audre’s poems talk about discrimination against women, Blacks, and gay people. She wrote poems to show others that this was very wrong. Her poems tell people to be fair and kind to everyone. Many people did not want her to write about discrimination. But Audre kept writing anyway! It took courage for her to stand up for what she believed in! What is something in your community that you want to change? How can you talk or write to other people to change it?
Other times, Audre used poems to tell everyone how happy she was! She wanted other Black women and lesbians to read her poems and be proud of themselves, too. She wanted all women to be good writers and speakers. Then, they could share their ideas and feelings with everyone!
Audre Lorde used her good communication skills to write beautiful poems. She knew that being a good communicator took practice and creativity. She used poems to speak out against unfairness and discrimination.
Read one of Audre Lorde’s poems below!

A Woman Speaks

Moon marked and touched by sun
my magic is unwritten
but when the sea turns back
it will leave my shape behind.
I seek no favor
untouched by blood
unrelenting as the curse of love
permanent as my errors
or my pride
I do not mix
love with pity
nor hate with scorn
and if you would know me
look into the entrails of Uranus
where the restless oceans pound.
I do not dwell
within my birth nor my divinities
who am ageless and half-grown
and still seeking
my sisters
witches in Dahomey
wear me inside their coiled cloths
as our mother did
I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
I am
and not white.
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