TV show host, political science professor and writer Melissa V. Harris-Perry will be the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s annual celebration in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Host of the weekend news and opinion show “Melissa Harris- Perry” on MSNBC, Harris-Perry will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Harris-Perry also is a professor of political science at Tulane University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South. Her publications include the recently released book “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America” and the award-winning text “Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought.” In addition, she writes for The Nation magazine, which features her monthly column titled “Sister Citizen.”