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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, Wake Forest University

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and the executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute. She is also the co-host of Freedom on Tap and an editor-at-large for ELLE.com. From 2012 to 2016, Harris-Perry hosted the television show Melissa Harris-Perry on weekend mornings on MSNBC. She is the author of the award-winning books Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.  Previously, she taught at the University of Chicago and Princeton University.