Imani Perry wins the 2019 Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Nonfiction

Oct 18, 2019
May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem (The University of North Carolina Press)
In the words of the judges: May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem is a thoroughly engrossing read. Imani Perry’s exploration of the origin, evolution, and resonance of this fabled song by James Weldon Johnson and Rosamond Johnson contributes mightily to our understanding of Black cultural and political development from the early nineteenth century onward. This fascinating book is largely about the collective strivings of Black people, as well as the enduring relationship and importance of the “Black National Anthem” to those struggles.