Live readings by poet, activist and essayist Audre Lorde (1934 - 1992) from her non-fiction work, The Cancer Journals (Aunt Lute Books, 1980). She starts with personal readings in which she shares her experiences with breast cancer. She warns of the dangers of silence and denial, and how to take action by becoming visible to one another about the issue. She goes on to discuss how the established cancer industry is motivated by profit, and that prevention and alternative therapies are not considered within this environment. She concludes with a reading of her poem, "Need," which is dedicated to Black women who were murdered.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.