straight for equality
2016 straight for equality in media:dr. melissa harris-perry

Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.

She is the former host of “Melissa Harris-Perry”, which broadcast live on MSNBC.

She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University. Her creative and dynamic teaching is also motivated by the practical political and racial issues of our time. Professor Harris-Perry has taught students from grade school to graduate school and has been recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic deliberation on race.

Professor Harris-Perry is a trustee of The Century Foundation. Founded in 1919, The Century Foundation provides creative, progressive solutions to our important domestic and international challenges. Fellows at The Century Foundation – among the most accomplished experts in the country – advance distinctive, workable ideas built on compelling evidence.

Professor Harris-Perry also sits on the advisory board for “Chef’s Move!,” a program whose mission is to diversify kitchen management by providing training, experience and mentorship to minority applicants from New Orleans, sending them to New York City for culinary school training and then bringing them back again to become leaders in the kitchen and in their community.

Throughout her career, Harris-Perry has spoken out on a wide variety of topics, from mainstream issues such as marriage equality to critical, but often less-discussed ones such as the treatment of trans inmates in the prison system, with a voice that has been brave, consistent, and always inclusive of LGBTQ voices. In the course of her show, topics that were often seen as “inside the movement” discussions become mainstream and accessible to her viewers. Her advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community has been fierce, and her constant attention to the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, race, class, and religion have been at the forefront of the evolution on these issues.