Imani Perry ’90
Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she also teaches in the programs in law and public affairs and gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of numerous articles and book reviews and of six books, including Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and winner of Pen America’s Pen/Bograd Weld Award in Biography and the Publishing Triangle’s Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction. Her book May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem was a 2018 finalist for the NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Nonfiction and her book South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation won the 2022 National Book Award for Nonfiction.