Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American studies at Princeton University, where she is also affiliated with the Programs in Law and Public Affairs and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her most recent book is More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (NYU, 2011). She has a forthcoming book on the history of the Black National anthem from Oxford University Press and another on gender, neoliberalism, and the digital age from Duke University Press. (October, 2016)
In “When Living Is a Protest,” an exhibition of the photographs of Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye, protest can simply be survival, resistance in the face of the most difficult circumstances. The contemporary scenes Roye chooses to photograph rarely resemble the conventions of civil rights-era photography the word “protest” might suggest. Roye instead demands that his witnesses acknowledge black beauty and power, despite the persistence of suffering.