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January 18, 2012

Political analyst, noted author to give MLK address

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Michael Eric Dyson, political analyst for MSNBC, acclaimed author, and professor of sociology at Georgetown University, will deliver the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 27. The free talk begins at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus.

Dyson has written extensively on prominent figures in the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr. (I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.) and Malcolm X (Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X). His scholarship has also explored hip-hop culture through a book on rapper Tupac Shakur (Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur) and a Georgetown University course on Jay-Z, Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z.

A prominent figure in the media, Dyson hosts an hour-long news show on NPR, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, and has appeared on television programs including The Today Show, Nightline, and Real Time with Bill Maher.

“We are honored to have Dr. Dyson as our Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address speaker,” says Norman Burnett, dean and director of the Office of Minority Student Affairs and chair of the College Diversity Roundtable. “Dyson’s work has advanced national discussions and sparked thought-provoking debates on both the historical and contemporary cultural issues that are important to the African-American community.”

Dyson is the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work—Non-Fiction and won a 2007 American Book Award for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. He has taught at Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania, and he was named one of the most influential black Americans by Ebony magazine.

The culmination of a weeklong celebration of King’s life and the kickoff for Black History Month, the annual address is cosponsored by the College Diversity Roundtable and the Office of the President.

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