South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation
She is the author of six books, including Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry and Breathe: A Letter to My Sons (Beacon Press, 2019) which was a finalist for the 2020 Chautauqua Prize and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Excellence in Nonfiction.
Perry is a scholar of law, literary and cultural studies, and an author of creative nonfiction. Her writing and scholarship primarily focuses on the history of Black thought, art, and imagination crafted in response to, and resistance against, the social, political, and legal realities of domination in the West. She seeks to understand the processes of retrenchment after moments of social progress, and how freedom dreams are nevertheless sustained.
She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Yale College in Literature and American Studies.
Professor Perry will deliver the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies' 2022-23 Golo Mann Lecture; her Athenaeum presentation is also supported by CMC's Presidential Initiative on Anti-Racism and the Black Experience in America.
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