Melissa Harris-Perry Biography

Melissa Harris-Perry

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Birth Name: Melissa Harris-Perry
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Birth Country: United States
Height: 5 Feet 6 Inch
Birth Sign: libra
Age:   44 Years
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Melissa Harris-Perry who was born on October 2, 1973 is an American writer, Professor, Television host and political commentator. She hosted the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and television show at MSNBC for almost four years from 2012 to 2016. From the early age, she was very much interested in politics and had determination to fight against color racism. She is also the Maya Angelou Presidential chair at Wake Forest University. Her multi-talented personalities never denied her to restrict from other different responsibilities. She is also the author of award winning Barbershops, Bible and BET which are about Black political thoughts. The writer's father is black and mother is white. Her birth place was Seattle but spent her childhood at Chesterfield country, Virginia. She completed her Bachelor degree in English from Wake Forest University and master's in political Science from Duke University.

Harris-Peryy was associate professor at Princeton University after leaving University of Chicago where she taught political science for almost 7 years until 2006. She wanted to have full professorship at Princeton. After being denied in doing so, she then went on to join Tulane University in 2011 where she was director of the project called Anna Julia Cooper. In July 1, 2014 she then returned to Wake Forest University where she was responsible for handling political and international affairs.

 Her current husband's name is James Perry who is an extraordinary community activist. She is the mother of two daughters Parker and Anna James. Its looks like the couple are really enjoying their married life and happy together. Their relation is going perfect and there are no signs of splitting or any extra-marital affair. She was also married to Dennis Lacewell in the year 1999 but the relations never appeared to work. After spending 6 years together they decided to get divorced. She stands with the height of 5 feet 6 inch.

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Born in Seattle

1973 2nd of October

She was born to William M. Harris who was black and mother Diana Gray who was white. She was born in Seattle but grew up in Chesterfield, Virginia. She attended Thomas Dale High School in Virginia.


Joined University of Chicago


She started her career as a teacher and taught political science at University of Chicago. She taught at the University for almost 7 years until 2006. She then joined Princeton University where she was worked as associate professor.


Married to Dennis Lacewell


She got married to Dennis Lacewell at the age of 29. Their first baby daughter Parker was born couple of years later. The relation unfortunately didn't last as anticipated and the couple got divorced after staying for 6 years.


Awarded best book from race and ethnic politics


She was awarded with 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois book award from the national conference of Black Political Scientists for her first book "Barbershops, Bibles and BET". The book was also awarded as best book from the race and ethnic political section


Married to community activist James Perry

2010 3rd of October

The couple was dating each other since 2008 and finally tied their nuts couple of years later. The second marriage for Melissa seems to be going well after the disappointed period with her ex-husband. The couple relished each other's support.


Her second child Anna was born

2014 14th of February

She had a surgery to remove uterus after suffering uterine fibroids. She then came to know about surrogacy because of ovaries it is possible for biological embryos. This was a significant achievement for the couple who got baby daughter on the valentine day.


Returned to Wake Forest

2014 1st of July

Melissa returned to Wake Forest as Presidential chair and worked as a professor where she had to deal with politics and international affairs. She is also the founding director of the project called Anna Julia Cooper.

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