Program
Audre Lorde: A Burst of Light
Producing Organization
Pacifica Radio
KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-526-sf2m61cx6k
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Description
Program Description
"'Audre Lorde: A Burst Of Light' is much more than the story of an African American poet who died of cancer in November 1992, told through words, music and poetry. This program not only recounts major turning points in Lorde's developments as an artist but recaptures the essential message of her life: that survival is possible in a hostile world. From her birth in Harlem in 1934, the daughter of West Indian immigrant parents, Audre Lorde overcame the challenges of race and sex discrimination, homophobia, the cultural and intellectual repression of the 1950s, and a [fifteen-year] battle with cancer. These struggles informed eleven books of poetry and five books of prose which were translated into seven languages, drawing international recognition and awards including designation as New York State Poet for 1991 to 1993. This documentary traces the chronology of her life, largely using her own rich voice, reading excerpts of her autobiographic books, Zami, A New Spelling of My Name. As so many voices in the program state, Audre Lorde offers special inspiration for African American women, many of whom credit Lorde with their very ability to stay alive, as well as their success in their creative work. But all people can draw strength from the story of an impoverished African American girl, with extremely bad eyesight, finally realizing her dream of becoming a poet only to face an even greater battle against cancer. This tribute conveys the outstanding spiritual contribution of one woman's life to humanity as a whole. The voices featured include Alice Walker, Adrienne Rich, Angela Davis, to name a few. Her story is narrated by musician/vocalist Linda Tillery. (Please see attached for a full list of program credits.) Audre's own voice and selections of music are added in a mix of elements which creates balance that is gentle to the ear while occasionally surprising the listener with its unique use of word or music. This program is a powerful tribute to a woman of enduring emotional and intellectual consequence."--1993 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1993-02-18
Asset type
Program
Media type
Sound
Duration
00:57:49.152
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Credits
Producing Organization: Pacifica Radio
Producing Organization: KPFA (Radio station : Berkeley, Calif.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-2e715f5ff55 (Filename)
Format: 1/4 inch audio cassette
Duration: 0:58:30
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Citations
Chicago: “Audre Lorde: A Burst of Light,” 1993-02-18, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-sf2m61cx6k.
MLA: “Audre Lorde: A Burst of Light.” 1993-02-18. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-sf2m61cx6k>.
APA: Audre Lorde: A Burst of Light. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-sf2m61cx6k