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Ravi K. Perry
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Ravi K. Perry holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University, each in political science.

Perry’s broad research interests focus on Black politics, minority representation, urban politics, American public policy, and LGBT politics and policy.

Dr. Perry is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Mississippi State University.

Entries by Ravi K. Perry

Witness to a "Crisis:" 1950s Black Youth Activism That Propels Many Today

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Excerpts from Little Rock Crisis: What Desegregation Politics Says About Us

One generation to the next, in city after city, the justice road is being built by each of us

Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. -Langston Hughes


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Black Influentials, Paradox Progress and LGBT Rights in Mississippi

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 2:00 PM

This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude that same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law. The State of Mississippi cannot deny them the marriage rights and responsibilities it holds out to opposite-sex couples and their children. Mississippi's statute and constitutional amendment...
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A Pilgrimage, the CORE Murders and Juneteenth

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Yesterday marked Juneteenth, the day that should be a national holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Although slavery is the most terrible thing, sadly, not everyone celebrates Juneteenth. Many, including many African Americans, view the holiday solely as a time to host seemingly exclusive African-American-only-themed festivals...

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The New Black: A Review

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 1:44 PM

LGBT members of the African American community have long been citizens of this nation in name only. Despite the assurances of the words enshrined in our 14th amendment, and the 1964 civil rights act, LGBT African Americans have been without a voice for centuries. As a result of a lack...

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Not There Yet

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 2:46 PM

This week has resulted in a historic turn of events given the Supreme Court of the United States' (SCOTUS) decisions on several key civil rights cases. SCOTUS punted on affirmative action, slashed voting rights, did the right thing respective to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), and seemingly acquiesced in...

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Alan Chambers' Apology

(9) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 9:54 PM

Apologies are hard to come by. Just think about the many apologies you deserve from people and groups that you have not received and likely will never get.

In thinking about the significance of the Exodus International apology, I was reminded of James Baldwin's famous statement that "love takes off...

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The Time Is Always Now to Eradicate Discrimination

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 7:33 PM

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry. This case considers how Proposition 8 in California banned same-sex marriage despite the state supreme court rendering it permissible earlier.

Based on the oral arguments, no party (including the justices) seems to agree on what the...

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A Murder of Passion or Hate? A Call for a Summit on Homophobia and Justice

(17) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:28 PM

Friday's article in the Clarion Ledger regarding the ongoing investigation revolving around the murder of Marco McMillian is disturbing. The reporting suggests that the police have already decided to not even investigate his murder as a hate crime under state law, as Mississippi hate crimes law only addresses...

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Seeking to Transform Mississippi

(3) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 6:39 PM

For LGBT political candidates of color, seeking public office is inherently a risk.

This week, in Mississippi, an out gay black candidate for mayor of Clarksdale was found dead. While the circumstances surrounding his death are yet to be determined, it is hard not to imagine the mysterious events...

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A 'Frank' Lesson in American (Minority) Politics

(3) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 7:53 PM

Last week, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) officially stepped down as senator of Massachusetts, after serving since 1985. Having been confirmed by the Senate as the next secretary of state, and having given his farewell address to Congress' elite legislative body, he left on Friday -- and William "Mo" Cowan replaced...

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