Center Stage Speaker Series to feature Tamara Winfrey-Harris

COOKEVILLE – The Center Stage Speaker Series will feature Tamara Winfrey-Harris on Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Derryberry Auditorium on the campus of Tennessee Tech.  

Winfrey-Harris is a writer who specializes in the ever-evolving realm where current events, politics and pop culture interest with race and gender.

Winfrey-Harris has been published in media outlets, including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine and The Los Angeles Times.

Winfrey-Harris’ first book, “The Sisters are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America,”was published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers in 2015 and called “a myth-busting portrait of Black women in America” by The Washington Post. The book won the Phillis Wheatley Award, IndieFab Award, Independent Publishers Living Now Award and the IPPY Award. 

Her second book, “Dear Black Girl: Letters from Your Sisters on Stepping into Your Power”was released in March 2021 from Berrett-Koehler Publishers and is available. 

Her essays also appear in “The Lemonade Reader: Beyonce, Black Feminism and Spirituality” (Routledge, 2019); “The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery” (Wayne State University Press, 2018); “Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest” (Black Belt Publishing, 2020); and other books.

Winfrey-Harris is a native of Gary, Indiana. She graduated with a B.A. degree from the Greenlee School of Journalism at Iowa State University.

Admission to Center Stage events is free unless otherwise noted. Center Stage events are paid by student fees and open to the public with priority seating given to students. Many guests provide additional educational opportunities for students through workshops or master classes during their residencies. Email or call Liz Kassera, Center Stage coordinator, for more information at or (931) 372-3637.

Derryberry Auditorium located in Derryberry Hall at 1 William L Jones Dr., Cookeville.

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