Melissa Harris Perry opens her book “Sister Citizen” with the report on the Crooked Room (and you can read it here), about how black women, confronting race and gender stereotypes, encounter a skewed world view, and they have to figure out what is the actual truth. 

She spoke at the Princeton Public Library last month (shown on a live feed above). 

Join Not in Our Town Princeton at the Princeton Public Library on Monday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m., for another in the “Continuing Conversations on Race” series, a discussion of some of the ideas in this book. From the publisher’s description:

Jezebel’s sexual lasciviousness, Mammy’s devotion, and Sapphire’s outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.
In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

You do not need to have read “Sister Citizen” to participate. Nancy Strong and Barbara Fox will facilitate the discussion, and all are welcome.