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Blair Imani

Author and activist living at the intersection of black, queer, and Muslim identities.

Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020), she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community.

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Author and activist living at the intersection of black, queer, and Muslim identities.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Blair Imani attended Louisiana State University where, in 2014, she founded Equality for HER, a non-profit organization that provided resources and a forum for women and nonbinary people to feel empowered. Her leadership took her to the front lines of anti-police brutality protests and, following her arrest at the protests of Alton Sterling’s murder in Baton Rouge, Blair began building a platform and social media presence to organize and create awareness about injustices in Black, Queer, and Muslim communities.

A highly sought-after public speaker and brand ambassador, Blair Imani has appeared on Fox News and MSNBC, presented at colleges and universities, spoken at progressive conferences around the world, and delivered powerful talks and speeches for organizations that include GLAAD and LoveLoud. Her viral TEDxBoulder talk, “Queer & Muslim: Nothing to Reconcile”, has sparked important discourse about the intersection of the two identities. And in 2019, she was proudly featured in New York City Pride’s campaign honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

As an advocate and historian, organizer and public speaker, Blair Imani is dedicated to making the world a better place and amplifying the voices and work of those fighting the good fight.

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  • The Work Diary of Blair Imani, ‘Herstory’ Historian
    Her “Smarter in Seconds” Instagram videos feature bite-size lessons — and a kaleidoscopic array of hijabs.
  • Activist & Content Creator Blair Imani Enjoys Matching Her Lip Color To Her Many Different Colored Hijabs
    For National Coming Out Day, HelloBeautiful caught up with Blair Imani about her beauty routine and personal definition of beauty, her coming out story, and LGBTQ+ representation in politics!
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Blair was phenomenal. Her keynote was very well received and the students we so excited to be able to meet with her afterwards. I will certainly be recommending her to anyone looking for speakers in the future!

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Blair was fantastic. She really enjoyed our campus and students. She was gracious with her time and made it a point to connect with our students throughout the day. We had a great turn-out and many student supporters. My colleagues who co-sponsored the event were beyond happy with Blair's talk. I had several senior administrators approach me after the event to congratulate our center for bringing such a great speaker.

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It went so well...the talk was informative and entertaining and I felt like I got a lot more out of the book, and we had a great Q&A session and book signing afterwards! Plus, it was fun driving with her to Culver’s while listening to Old Town Road.

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Blair is a gem, and exceeded my personal expectations. She’s got fresh energy.

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Blair was amazing! The students absolutely loved her.

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It was very impactful to learn about her experience as a Black, Queer, and Muslim woman and as a historian. I know everyone in the audience left with a new understanding of how we interpret history and stand in solidarity with one another.

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