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Breathe : : a Letter to my Sons

Perry, Imani, 1972- Book - 2019 306.85 Pe, Black Studies 306.85 Pe, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Social Science / Race & Ethnicity / Perry, Imani 4 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 4 out of 5

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Call Number: 306.85 Pe, Black Studies 306.85 Pe, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Social Science / Race & Ethnicity / Perry, Imani
On Shelf At: Downtown Library, Malletts Creek Branch, Westgate Branch

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"Explores the terror, grace, and beauty of coming of age as a Black person in contemporary America and what it means to parent our children in a persistently unjust world. Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love--finding beauty and possibility in life--and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition. Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience"-- Provided by publisher.
"Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Imani Perry issues an unflinching challenge to society to see Black children as deserving of humanity. She admits fear and frustration for her African American sons in a society that is increasingly racist and at times seems irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love--finding beauty and possibility in life--and she exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find steady footing and inspiration in Black tradition. Perry draws upon the ideas of figures such as James Baldwin, W. E. B. DuBois, Emily Dickinson, Toni Morrison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Ida B. Wells. She shares vulnerabilities and insight from her own life and from encounters in places as varied as the West Side of Chicago; Birmingham, Alabama; and New England prep schools. Breathe offers a broader meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived and is also an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience"-- Provided by publisher.

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PUBLISHED
Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, 2019.
Year Published: 2019
Description: 163 pages ; 19 cm
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780807076552
0807076554

SUBJECTS
Perry, Imani, -- 1972-
African American mothers -- Biography.
African American educators -- Biography.
African American families.
African American boys -- Social conditions.
African Americans -- Social conditions.
Racism -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.