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Imani Perry is an American interdisciplinary scholar of race, law, literature, and African-American culture. She is currently the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.
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Race Critical Theories
Text and Context
Philomena Essed - Aug 22, 2001
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Race Critical Theories brings together many of the key contributors to critical theorizing about race and racism over the past twenty years. Each previously published text is accompanied by a fresh statement - in most cases written by the authors themselves - regarding the political context, implications and effects of the original contribution....
Imani Perry
May 26, 2021
Another book, that doesn't fall under the scholarly community of CRT, but which I think is important for thinking about critical engagement with race, Race Critical Theories: Text and Context (2001)      source
The Disordered Cosmos
A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein - Mar 09, 2021
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From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos — and a call for a more just practice of science.In The Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theo...
Imani Perry
Mar 15, 2021
You want to be there. This book is a watershed for how we understand the universe and everything in it.      source
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Ernest J. Gaines - Aug 01, 1982
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Miss Jane Pittman. She is one of the most unforgettable heroines in American fiction, a woman whose life has come to symbolize the struggle for freedom, dignity, and justice. Ernest J. Gaines’s now-classic novel—written as an autobiography—spans one hundred years of Miss Jane’s remarkable life, from her childhood as a slave on a Louisiana plantatio...
Imani Perry
Jan 29, 2021
For me it was the Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, I would go back and forth between the book and the movie over and over. I can still hear her voice at the water fountain at the end...      source
The Meaning of Soul
Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s (Refiguring American Music)
Emily J. Lordi - Aug 14, 2020
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In The Meaning of Soul, Emily J. Lordi proposes a new understanding of this famously elusive concept. In the 1960s, Lordi argues, soul came to signify a cultural belief in black resilience, which was enacted through musical practices—inventive cover versions, falsetto vocals, ad-libs, and false endings. Through these soul techniques, artists such a...
Imani Perry
Sep 14, 2020
@ejlordi @jwilli7 @pch9857 @annkpowers @JoyWhite2 ❤️ (And I love the Soul book!)      source
Being Property Once Myself
Blackness and the End of Man
Joshua Bennett - May 12, 2020
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A prize-winning poet argues that blackness acts as the caesura between human and nonhuman, man and animal.Throughout US history, black people have been configured as sociolegal nonpersons, a subgenre of the human. Being Property Once Myself delves into the literary imagination and ethical concerns that have emerged from this experience. Each chapte...
Imani Perry
Jun 11, 2020
This book is extraordinary.      source
Lift Every Voice
The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement
Patricia Sullivan - Sep 14, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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Sullivan spent ten years unearthing the little-known early decades of the NAACP’s activism, telling startling stories of personal bravery, legal brilliance, and political maneuvering by the likes of W.E.B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, Charles Houston, Ella Baker, Thurgood Marshall, and Roy Wilkins—as well as a h...
Imani Perry
Jan 10, 2020
Just got emotional thinking about my great aunt Avie who died suddenly while canvassing for the @NAACP back when it was an illegal organization in Alabama. related book suggestion: Patricia Sullivan’s Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and The Making of the Civil Rights Movement.      source
Race After Technology
Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
Ruha Benjamin - Jun 16, 2019
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From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen disc...
Imani Perry
May 19, 2019
@ruha9 It is such a brilliant book!! ❤️❤️❤️      source
The Changeling
A Novel
Victor Lavalle - Jun 13, 2017
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One man’s thrilling journey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after seemingly committing an unforgiveable act of violence, from the award-winning author of the The Devil in Silver and Big Machine.Apollo Kagwa has had strange dreams that have haunted him since childhood. An antiquarian book dealer with a business calle...
Imani Perry
Apr 13, 2019
@JoshundaSanders @victorlavalle I *love* that book!      source
Freedom's Teacher
The Life of Septima Clark
Katherine Mellen Charron - Feb 01, 2012 (first published in 2009)
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In the mid-1950s, Septima Poinsette Clark (1898-1987), a former public school teacher, developed a citizenship training program that enabled thousands of African Americans to register to vote and then to link the power of the ballot to concrete strategies for individual and communal empowerment. In this vibrantly written biography, Katherine Charro...
Imani Perry
Jan 21, 2019
I also recommend Katherine Charon’s “Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark” And Clark’s memoir “Ready From Within.”      source
Ready from Within
Septima Clark & the Civil Rights Movement, A First Person Narrative
Septima Poinsette Clark - Jun 01, 1990
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Septima Clarke played one of the most essential, but little-recognized roles in the Civil Rights Movement. Born in 1898 in Charleston, South Carolina, she was a public school teacher until 1956, when she was dismissed for refusing to disavow her membership in the National Association for the advancement of Colored People. Subsequently, she worked f...
Imani Perry
Jan 21, 2019
I also recommend Katherine Charon’s “Freedom’s Teacher: The Life of Septima Clark” And Clark’s memoir “Ready From Within.”      source
The Lost Education of Horace Tate
Uncovering the Hidden Heroes Who Fought for Justice in Schools
Vanessa Siddle Walker - Jul 31, 2018
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In the epic tradition of Eyes on the Prize and with the cultural significance of John Lewis’s March trilogy, an ambitious and harrowing account of the devoted black educators who battled southern school segregation and inequality“Negroes cannot and will not be free or integrated if all that they have is relinquished, emasculated, given up, or aband...
Imani Perry
Jan 21, 2019
In terms of new books. I can't recommend Vanessa Siddle Walker's "The Lost Education of Horace Tate" enough!!! Teachers were at the center of the movement. (For the legal history, the documentary "The Road to Brown" and Taylor Branch's "Parting the Waters")      source
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This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed by Charles E. Cobb Jr.
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Why We Can't Wait by Martin Luther King Jr.
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