African American Studies Program Presents: A Lecture From Dr. Imani Perry, Feb. 28

UAB students learn history of African American hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

AfricanAmericanjoomlaImani Perry, Ph.D., a scholar of cultural studies, critical theory, legal history and African American studies, will lecture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. in the Hill Student Center Alumni Theater.

Perry will discuss the history of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” from her book “May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem.”

“The African American Studies Program at UAB is excited to have Imani Perry, one of the leading contemporary African American intellectuals, come share her scholarship with our campus and the Birmingham community,” said DeReef Jamison, Ph.D., associate professor of UAB’s African American Studies Program.

A Hugh-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University, Perry also holds affiliations with the programs in law and public affairs, jazz studies, and gender and sexuality studies. She is a prolific speaker and the author of five single-authored books, including “Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry,” which was published in 2018 and named one of the notable books of 2018 by the New York Times.

Perry holds a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization from Harvard University, a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and an LLM from Georgetown Law Center in the history of Southern property and contract law.

The lecture is open to the public.