Imani Perry is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African American culture and the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. In the last year alone, she has published three books: May We Forever Stand, a history of the black national anthem; Vexy Thing: On Gender and Liberation; and Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, which recently won the 2019 PEN/Bograd Weld Award for Biography. Her next book, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons, will be published fall 2019. She can be found on Twitter @imaniperry.
Interviews with Imani Perry
Black Reconstruction in America
by WEB Du Bois
Exodus: Religion, Race and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America
by Eddie S Glaude Jr
Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression
by Robin D G Kelley
Hands on the Freedom of the Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC
Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod, and others (eds.)
Creating Black Americans: African-American History and Its Meanings, 1619 to the Present
by Nell Irvin Painter
Princeton Professor Imani Perry—a prolific scholar of African American Studies whose biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Looking For Lorraine, won the 2019 PEN Biography Prize—recommends five books she considers essential to an understanding of the history of black life in America.