BREATHE: A Letter to My Sons

Author: Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies

Publisher: Beacon Press, September 2019

Breathe by Imani Perry

Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, 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.