"The survival of Black feminist intellectuals, which happens within or without the academy, is our intentional living with [...] with the knowledge that as Audre Lorde’s archival papers prove, she was denied medical leave..."
"...had to turn down prestigious fellowships (including the senior fellowship at Cornell) that required residency in places too cold for her to live during her fight against cancer."
"If Lorde’s proposal to teach in a way that allowed her to survive can be denied by the City University of New York, even as she was simultaneously selected as the NY State Poet Laureate, what does that teach us about the value of our bodies in spaces that tokenize our minds?" YO
"Universities keep huge endowments, money on reserve, because they are supposed to keep money. They will always tell you they cannot afford you. They will not spend their money to save the life of a Black feminist. Poet Laureate though she may be. Let us be clear."

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