In Audre’s Footsteps honors Black radical traditions set forth by W.E.B. Du Bois, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Angela Y. Davis, and Audre Lorde, all who were intellectually influenced by their experiences in Berlin. The text primarily relies on Black and Transnational Feminist theoretical frameworks and methodologies to amplify the resistive and generative personal and professional experiences of women of color educators, artists, activists, and scholars in Berlin and the U.S. who consider themselves friends in the struggle. While being particularly attentive to racism, heterosexism, colonialism, and other forms of oppression, In Audre’s Footsteps also examines how these women resist, reject, and revise oppressive narratives as they develop their subjectivities. Further, it addresses the always advantageous but sometimes contentious contours of solidarity, especially when people actively engaging with various forms of resistance have seemingly competing and contradictory goals.
Heidi R. Lewis is a professor at Colorado College, Dana Maria Asbury is an activist based in Toronto, and Jazlyn Andrews is a writer based in Denver.