Melissa Harris-Perry, noted scholar and host of
her own MSNBC current affairs program, will deliver the University of
Rochester's 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.
In her new book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011), Harris-Perry argues that persistent harmful stereotypes can limit black women's ability to participate in the political process. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
In 2009, Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University, and in the same year, became the youngest women to deliver the prestigious Ware Lecture. Harris-Perry received a bachelor's degree in English from Wake Forest University, a doctoral degree in political science from Duke University, and studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She also received an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She has served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and Princeton University.
The talk is free and open to the public. Cosponsored by the College Diversity Roundtable and the Office of the President.