|Michael Eric Dyson|
Dyson in 2012
October 23, 1958 |
"Detroit, "Michigan, U.S.
"Carson-Newman College (BA, 1985)
"Princeton University (MA, 1991)
Princeton University (PhD, 1993)
|Spouse(s)||Theresa Taylor (m. 1977; div. 1979)
Brenda Joyce (m. 1982; div. 1992)
Marcia Louise (m. 1992) (now separated)
Michael Eric Dyson (born October 23, 1958) is an "academic, author, preacher, and radio host. He is a Professor of "Sociology at "Georgetown University. Described by Michael A. Fletcher as "a "Princeton "Ph.D. and a child of the streets who takes pains never to separate the two", Dyson has authored or edited more than twenty books dealing with subjects such as "Malcolm X, "Martin Luther King, Jr., "Marvin Gaye, "Nas's debut album "Illmatic, "Bill Cosby, "Tupac Shakur, and "Hurricane Katrina. In 2018, Dyson participated in the prestigious Munk Debates, a semi-annual debate that takes place in "Toronto, "Canada.
Dyson was born in "Detroit, "Michigan, the son of Addie Mae Leonard, who was from Alabama. He was adopted by his stepfather, Everett Dyson. He attended "Cranbrook School in "Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on an academic scholarship but left and completed his education at "Northwestern High School. He became an "ordained "Baptist "minister at nineteen years of age. Having worked in factories in Detroit to support his family, he entered "Knoxville College as a freshman at the age of twenty-one. Dyson received his "bachelor's degree, "magna cum laude, from "Carson–Newman College in 1985. He obtained his "master's and "Ph.D in religion, from "Princeton University. Dyson served on the "board of directors of the Common Ground Foundation, a project dedicated to empowering urban youth in the United States. Dyson and his third wife, writer and ordained minister Marcia L. Dyson (from whom he is now separated), were regular guests and speakers at the "Aspen Institute Conferences and Ideas Festival. Together, they lectured on many American college campuses. Dr. Dyson most recently hosted a television show, The Raw Word.
Dyson has taught at "Chicago Theological Seminary, "Brown University, the "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Columbia University, "DePaul University, and the "University of Pennsylvania. Since 2007, he has been a Professor of Sociology at "Georgetown University. His 1994 book Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X became a "New York Times notable book of the year. In his 2006 book Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, Dyson analyzes the political and social events in the wake of the catastrophe against the backdrop of an overall "failure in race and class relations". In 2010, Dyson edited Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic, with contributions based on the album’s tracks by, among others, Kevin Coval, Kyra D. Gaunt ("Professor G"), "dream hampton, "Marc Lamont Hill, "Adam Mansbach, and "Mark Anthony Neal. Dyson's own essay in this anthology, "'One Love,' Two Brothers, Three Verses", argues that the current US penal system disfavors young black males more than any other segment of the population. Dyson hosted a radio show, which aired on "Radio One, from January 2006 to February 2007. He was also a commentator on "National Public Radio and "CNN, and is a regular guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher. Beginning July 2011 Michael Eric Dyson became a political analyst for MSNBC.
The Michael Eric Dyson Show radio program debuted on April 6, 2009, and is broadcast from "Morgan State University. The show's first guest was "Oprah Winfrey, to whom Dyson dedicated his book Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson. The show appears to have been discontinued with its last episode being in December 2011.
On May 18th, 2018, Dyson participated in a live debate with "Jordan Peterson, "Stephen Fry, and "Michelle Goldberg as part of the "Munk Debates. The topic of the debate was "political correctness. Peterson and Fry won the debate, gaining 6 percent of the audience support from their opponents. Meanwhile, Dyson and Goldberg were criticized for frequent and irrelevant "ad hominem arguments against Peterson, most notably when Dyson called Peterson a "mean, mad, white man." Additionally, Dyson either claimed or endorsed the following statements in the debate: 1) the country is a giant safe space for white people, 2) success is easier for white people, and 3) white people should be taxed more to offset continue effects of slavery.
|2004||"NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction||Why I Love Black Women||Winner|
|2006||NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction||Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?||Winner|
|2007||NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction||Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster||Nominee|
|2007||"American Book Award||Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster||Winner|
2007 [...] Michael Eric Dyson, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (Basic Books)