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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, author, educator, and influencer. Her scholarship spans the subjects of intersectionality, gender studies, race and racism, sociology, and United States history.  The New York Times praises Blair Imani’s unique ability to create “progressive lessons with vibrant visuals and a perky, quirky delivery.”

She is the author of Read This to Get Smarter: about Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and More (2021),  Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020), and Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018).

She has lectured and presented at universities including Oxford, Stanford, Brown, Harvard, Duke, and many more.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees for Muslims for Progressive Values.

Her work centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community. As an educator and influencer, semi-retired 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.

Learn more about Blair Imani by visiting blairimani.com and joining her on social media @blairimani.

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

Blair Imani is a critically acclaimed historian, author, educator, and influencer. Her scholarship spans the subjects of intersectionality, gender studies, race and racism, sociology, and United States history. The New York Times praises Blair Imani’s unique ability to create “progressive lessons with vibrant visuals and a perky, quirky delivery.”

She is the author of Read This to Get Smarter: about Race, Class, Gender, Disability, and More (2021), Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream (2020), and Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018). Blair has lectured and presented at universities including Oxford, Stanford, Brown, Harvard, Duke, and many more. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and on the Board of Trustees for Muslims for Progressive Values.

Blair Imani is a Black bisexual Muslim woman who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Imani graduated with a degree in history from Louisiana State University where, in 2014, she founded Equality for HER, a (now closed) non-profit organization that provided resources and a forum for women and nonbinary people to feel empowered. In 2016, Imani’s dedication to community took her to the front lines of a Black Lives Matter protest 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 her communities.

Blair Imani has been profiled in The New York Times, Allure, and Bustle, to discuss her approach to education using social media. Her viral TEDxBoulder talk, “Queer & Muslim: Nothing to Reconcile”, has sparked important discourse about the intersection of the two identities. From the United States to Germany, Kenya, France, and the United Kingdom, Blair Imani has inspired audiences around the world.

As an influencer and historian, semi-retired 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. Learn more about Blair Imani by visiting blairimani.com and joining her on social media @blairimani.

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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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Blair was the perfect speaker for our event. She does an incredible job of being nuanced and sensitive in a world where narratives have often become divisive, polarized, and lacking of empathy.

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