An Evening with Author and Professor Imani Perry

Thursday, January 23, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be available from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Blauvelt Theatre

Friends Select School proudly presents Breathe: A Meditation on Coming of Age in an Unjust World, a book reading and Q&A with author and professor Imani Perry P’21. Breathe focuses on the inherent challenges of raising African American children in contemporary American society. This event is being held as part of Friends Select’s inaugural Social Justice Week. Following the Q&A, Perry will be signing copies of Breathe, which will be available for purchase.

This event is free, but RSVP is required.

This event is appropriate for ages 14 and older, though it is at the discretion of parents or guardians.

About the Author

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and a faculty associate with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Jazz Studies. She is the author of 6 books, including Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, which received the Pen Bograd Weld Award for Biography, The Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award for outstanding work in literary scholarship, and the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction; and May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem, winner of the 2019 American Studies Association John Hope Franklin Book Award for the best book in American Studies, the Hurston Wright Award for Nonfiction, and finalist for an NAACP Image Award in Nonfiction. Her most recent book is: Breathe: A Letter to My Sons. Perry, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and spent many childhood summers in Chicago with her dad. She earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in American Studies, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a BA from Yale College and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center. She currently lives outside of Philadelphia with her two sons, Freeman Diallo Perry Rabb and Issa Garner Rabb. 

About Social Justice Week

Friends Select’s upper school has transformed its InterSession program into Social Justice Week. Beginning with a student-run Martin Luther King Teach-In, Social Justice Week will feature opportunities for upper school students and faculty to take deep dives into issues such as immigration reform, the drug/opioid crisis, community and police relations, unlearning hate, the LGBTQ community, food insecurity, mental health, and environmental justice. The goal of this program is for members of our community to find meaningful ways to learn and take action in Philadelphia. Social Justice Week is being co-created by upper school students, Toni Graves Williamson, director of equity and inclusion, Margaret Smith, director of city curriculum, Norman Bayard, upper school dean of students, and Chris Singler, upper school director.