Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a scholar, author, and activist. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBQT nonfiction in 2018.

Her third book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) was a finalist for a National Book Award for nonfiction.

She is a Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times and a columnist at the New Yorker. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, Paris Review, Guardianthe Nation, Jacobin, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, among others.

Taylor is a widely sought public speaker and writer on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States. In 2016, she was named one of the hundred most influential African Americans in the United States by The Root. She has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and as the Charles H. McIlwain University Preceptor at Princeton University from 2018-2021.

A 2021 MacArthur Fellow, she is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University.


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