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Who Said It: James Baldwin Or Audre Lorde?

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." How familiar are you with the work of two of America's foremost thinkers?

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    This appears in James Baldwin's 1963 essay collection The Fire Next Time.

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    James Baldwin said this to Audre Lorde herself during a 1994 conversation hosted by Essence Magazine.

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    This appears in Audre Lorde's essay "The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House." You can read it here.

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    This is from James Baldwin's essay "The Artist's Struggle for Integrity."

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    This also appears in James Baldwin's speech "The Artist's Struggle for Integrity." You can listen to it here.

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    This appears in Audre Lorde's essay "Poetry Is Not A Luxury." You can read it here.

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    This appears in James Baldwin's 1963 essay collection The Fire Next Time.

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    This is from a speech Audre Lorde gave in 1977 titled "The Transformation of Silence Into Language and Action." You can read it here.

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    This is from Audre Lorde's poem "Coal." You can read it here.

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    This is from James Baldwin's poem "Amen." That's right! James Baldwin wrote poems too!

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    This appears in Baldwin's essay collection The Fire Next Time.

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    This appears in Audre Lorde's 1988 essay collection A Burst of Light.

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    This is from James Baldwin's "Open Letter to Angela Y. Davis." You can read it here.

Who Said It: James Baldwin Or Audre Lorde?

Maybe you're new to Baldwin and Lorde's work. Maybe you know a lot about one of them, but not so much about the other writer's work. It's all good. Any time is a great time to read an essay like "Notes Of A Native Son" or "The Transformation of Silence Into Language And Action." If you read those essays and love them, check out Lorde's autobiography Zami: A New Spelling Of My Name and essay collection Sister Outsider. And James Baldwin's Collected Essays is considered one of the most important American essay collections ever published. And let's not forget Baldwin's amazing novels and short stories or Lorde's gorgeous poetry. So much brilliance to choose from!

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