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March 8 PHRC Women’s History Month event featuring Melissa Harris-Perry to be held at York College

February 10, 2023
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York College of Pennsylvania will host the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) Women’s History Month Event featuring Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., March 8, in the Waldner Performing Arts Center. The event, cosponsored by the York YWCA, is open to the public free of charge.

York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith and Harris-Perry will present an insightful evening of conversation.

Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability. She is founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, an independent organization advancing justice through intersectional scholarship and action.

Along with Dorian Warren, Harris-Perry co-created and co-hosts System Check. She is currently serving as interim host of The Takeaway from WNYC public radio. She is an award-winning author, sought-after public speaker, and accomplished media professional.

From 2012-2016, she hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was awarded the Hillman Prize for broadcast journalism. She has served as editor-at-large for Elle.com and for ZORA. She continues to serve as contributing editor for The Nation.

She is the author of the award-winning “Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought,” “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 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. She serves on several boards and award committees and is a trustee of The Century Foundation, The Next 100, and The Markup.

Professor Harris-Perry has been awarded honorary degrees from many universities, including Meadville Lombard Theological School, Winston-Salem State University, Eckerd College, New York University, and Ithaca College.

For additional information on this event, please contact Edquina Washington ‘99, Chief Impact Officer at the YWCA York, at ewashington@ywcayork.org or 717-845-2631.