by Abaki Beck. Text: The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action. Author: Audre Lorde. Quote to Highlight: “Where the words of. Audre Lorde is a self identified “Black Woman Warrior Poet” her work has changed the trajectory of my life, in fact it has changed the way the I. The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action has 13 ratings and 5 reviews. charlie said: within the war we are all waging with the by. Audre Lorde .

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It is important to speak about things that are important kanguage oneself. Less than two months ago I was told by two doctors, one female and one male, that I would have to have breast surgery, and that there was a 60 transformatioj 80 percent chance that the tumor was malignant. To sit back, not be heard and allow yourself to sulk in your own oppression goes against the movement which black women have been advocating for.

Audre Lorde – Transforming Silence into Language and Action – We Tip the Balance

I was deeply moved by this article and the perspective of someone who feared they had nothing left to loose. Nathalie Li October 16, at 2: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

In the transformation of silence into language and action, it is vitally necessary for each one of us to establish or examine her function in that transformation and to recognize her role as vital within axtion transformation.

Her ability to turn fear into strength into words is really inspiring. Leave a comment on block 6.

The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action by Audre Lorde

Makes me really appreciate languaye the different outlets we have today to get our words across. Logde is the third day of K wanza, and the principle for today is Ujima — col-lective work and responsibility — the decision to build and maintain ourselves and our communities together and to recognize and solve our problems together.


Fear that if we acknowledge the injustice we will have to do something about it. In transvormation house this year we are celebrating the feast of K wanza, the African-american festival of harvest which begins the day after Christmas and lasts for seven days.

Ileana Leon October 16, at We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit transdormation our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid. Jasmine Hernandez October 14, at The women who sustained me through that period were Black and white, old and young, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual, and we all shared a war against the tyrannies of silence.

And of course I am afraid, because the transformation of silence into language and action is an act of self-revelation, and that always seems fraught with danger.

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I HAVE COME to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.

Between that telling and the actual surgery, there was a three-week period of the agony of an involuntary reorganization of my entire life. Sarah marked it as to-read Jan 01, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

All races regardless of age or gender in unity is the only possible way to heal society just as it sustained her through cancer. Most importantly embodying these truths or values surpasses all because our language is limited pf some things just need to be seen or experienced in order to be truly understood. Open link in a new tab. Women of Color Press, the first U. Tenzing Lama October 15, at 3: Louise Tarmey October 17, at Many times Ive heard we live in a cancerous society today.


Black women have always been beaten down in every way because of racism and or sexism.

She writes of how women are limited linguistically, both covertly through sexist norms and structures within language, and overtly through silencing and dismissal. In fact, it is completely wrong how women so desperately want equality, but exclude men.

The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action

Lorde was State Poet of New York from to Cody Concepcion October 14, at 9: For we have been socialized to respect fear more than our own needs for language and definition, and while we wait in silence for that final luxury of fearlessness, the weight of that silence will choke us. Feb 23, Bookforum Magazine added it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And remember the words of writer, feminist, and civil rights activist Audre Lorde: Because in this way alone we can survive, by taking part in a process of life that is creative and continuing, that is growth.

The surgery was completed, and the growth was benign.

Its a brave observation. And where the words of women are crying to be heard, we must each of us recognize our responsibility to seek those words out, to read them and share them and examine them in their pertinence to our lives.

Even for certain minor things, they transofrmation do not speak up and either just keep putting it off or they just wait until someone else speaks up.