Audre Lorde Lounge is located in Helen Newberry.
In 2008 the multicultural lounge in Newberry Residence Hall was named in honor of Audre Lorde. Lorde was a queer poet, teacher, librarian, and feminist who gained widespread respect through her struggle against oppression based on race, sexual orientation, and gender. Born in 1934 to Caribbean immigrants in New York City, Lorde was in high school when she published her first poem in Seventeen magazine. She graduated from Hunter College with her BA and from Columbia University with a Master’s degree.
Lorde founded multiple organizations that sought to advance LGBTQ and women’s rights. For example, in 1979, she was a prominent speaker at the first National March for Gay and Lesbian Liberation. In addition, she helped establish the Sisterhood in Support of Sisters in South Africa to support black women who were affected by injustice, particularly apartheid. Lorde was also a founding member of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix, which assists women who have survived sexual abuse and intimate partner violence. Lorde developed the theory of intersectionality, which acknowledges that people have multiple social identities and cautions against viewing people through a single-issue lens.
The strength Lorde demonstrated has been an inspiration to women globally. She was selected as the namesake of this lounge to create a space that promotes the lives of all women.