Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections

Neighborhood Voices: Audre Lorde Interview, Tape 1

Item

VID010.jpeg

Title

Neighborhood Voices: Audre Lorde Interview, Tape 1

Description

Old Neighborhood Voices interviews Audre Lorde about living as a young Black lesbian in the Lower East Side (now referred to as the East Village). She discusses the interconnectedness of the lesbian communities in the neighborhood, the imperfect support systems they offered each other when there were no other options, and the pressures of living on the edge of society. Lorde also discusses the racism that was rampant in the gay community in the Village, and how the few black lesbians within these communities were met with apathy when discussing political matters. She also discusses the effects of McCarthyism in the 1950s on her lesbian communities, as well as how she gained political consciousness growing up with the Brown v. Board of Education case, as well as by living near the Women’s House of Detention in the Lower East Side and seeing Black incarcerated women for the first time.

Creator

Neighborhood Voices

Date

April 30, 1985

Language

English

Identifier

VID010

Episode Title

Audre Lorde

Series Title

Neighborhood Voices

Interviewee

Lourde, Audre

Physical Format

U-matic Video

Digital Format

.mp4 file

Duration

00:19:54

Collection

Citation

Neighborhood Voices , “Neighborhood Voices: Audre Lorde Interview, Tape 1,” Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections, accessed October 2, 2022, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/items/show/971.