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Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of six books.

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Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1850) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver1,226 eksemplarer
Sing a Black Girl's Song: The Unpublished Work of Ntozake Shange (2023) — Redaktør; Fortæller, nogle udgaver18 eksemplarer

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I read about 1/3 of it and I gave up. It didn't hold together for me; I couldn't follow the thinking & I felt there were too many failures of editing.
franoscar | 9 andre anmeldelser | Apr 6, 2024 |
Adistinguished scholar writes to her sons about the joy, possibility, and grace of black life amid ongoing American struggles with race, gender, and class.

Carrying on an iconic legacy of public letters from black writers—think James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Kiese Laymon, among many others—Perry (African American Studies/Princeton Univ.; Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, 2018, etc.) reflects on her family history, tying it together with cultural allegories to impress upon her sons the precious inheritance found within black social life and the pursuit of a livelihood full of “passion, profound human intimacy and connection, beauty and excellence.” A multidisciplinary and acclaimed researcher, Perry uses references throughout the slim volume that range across centuries and the global black diaspora, across folklore, music, and visual arts as well as the influence of numerous faith traditions. “The people with whom you can share the interior illumination,” she writes, “that is the sacramental bond.” She breaks down the structures of violence and marginalization that black children face while uplifting the imaginative and improvisatory space for them to focus on their becoming, to not be trapped in misnarrated stories or “forced into two dimensions when you are in four.” Echoing Baldwin’s distinctive “Letter to My Nephew,” Perry emphasizes the critical life discipline of making choices—not in the shallow sense of choosing success or achievement but rather within the depths of the long, historic freedom struggle to answer important questions—e.g., “How will you treat your word? How will you hold your heart? How will you hold others?” Deeply intergenerational, the book blurs intended audiences to call all of us to face up to legacies of injustice while insisting on the grace and conviviality necessary to imagine just futures.

A masterfully poetic and intimate work that anchors mothering within the long-standing tradition of black resistance and resourcefulness.

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CDJLibrary | 6 andre anmeldelser | Apr 3, 2024 |
A very insightful look at the American South by journeying region by region from the more northerly states the hole way south to Cuba and the Bahamas looking at a plethora of states, cities and people and how they fit into the grand puzzle of America primarily through African American eyes As a history teacher I learned a lot and found the author's personal family stories a wonderful addition to her narrative. This book is rightfully much acclaimed.
muddyboy | 9 andre anmeldelser | Jun 29, 2023 |
About the author: quoting from the book's dust jacket, "Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of six books, including the award-winning 'Looking for Lorraine'. . ." Stacey Abrams, founder and chair of Fair Fight Action, Inc., said of this work, "[It is] [A] lyrical meditation that connects a painful, proud history of African American struggle with a clarion call for present-day action to protect, defend, and celebrate the promise of the next generation."… (mere)
uufnn | 6 andre anmeldelser | May 8, 2023 |



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