June Millicent Jordan’s literary works and activism have been influential in the ongoing fight for recognition and justice for marginalized communities. Jordan self-identified as bisexual+ and her works explored gender, race, immigration, and representation. She professed a profound desire to be her authentic self: “to tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that’s political in its most profound way.” Jordan was a prolific writer who authored more than twenty-five major works of poetry, fiction, and essays along with numerous children’s books. Her poetry, which was often autobiographical, is renowned for its emphasis on identity and personal, lived experience.
Jordan openly supported African American Vernacular English (AAVE, or black English) and its usage, denouncing the assertion that “white English” is standard English. She stated, “there are three qualities of black English— the presence of life, voice, and clarity— that intensify to a distinctive black value system that we became excited about and self-consciously tried to maintain." Toni Morrison described Jordan’s career as “a span of forty years of tireless activism coupled with and fueled by flawless art.” #HiddenHerstory #NationalPoetryMonth#APeoplesJourney