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Michael Eric Dyson
""Michael Eric Dyson at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 4 April 2012 crop.jpg
Dyson in 2012
Born (1958-10-23) October 23, 1958 (age 59)
"Detroit, "Michigan, U.S.
Nationality "American
Education "Knoxville College
"Carson-Newman College (BA, 1985)
"Princeton University (MA, 1991)
Princeton University (PhD, 1993)
Occupation Author, Professor
Employer "Georgetown University
Spouse(s) Theresa Taylor (m. 1977; div. 1979)[1]
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.[2] Described by Michael A. Fletcher as "a "Princeton "Ph.D. and a child of the streets who takes pains never to separate the two",[3] 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.[4]


Personal life[edit]

Dyson was born in "Detroit, "Michigan, the son of Addie Mae Leonard, who was from Alabama. He was adopted by his stepfather, Everett Dyson.[5] He attended "Cranbrook School in "Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on an academic scholarship but left and completed his education at "Northwestern High School.[3] He became an "ordained "Baptist "minister at nineteen years of age.[6] Having worked in factories in Detroit to support his family, he entered "Knoxville College as a freshman at the age of twenty-one.[7] Dyson received his "bachelor's degree, "magna cum laude, from "Carson–Newman College in 1985.[3] 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.[8] Dyson and his third wife, writer and ordained minister Marcia L. Dyson (from whom he is now separated),[3] were regular guests and speakers at the "Aspen Institute Conferences and Ideas Festival.[9][10] 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.[3] 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.[11] 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".[12][13][14] 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.[15] 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.[16][17] 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[edit]

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,[18] 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.

Munk debate[edit]

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.[19] Peterson and Fry won the debate, gaining 6 percent of the audience support from their opponents.[20] 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."[20] 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[19].

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2004 "NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction Why I Love Black Women Winner[21]
2006 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? Winner[21]
2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Nominee[22]
2007 "American Book Award Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Winner[23]



  1. ^ Armstrong, Elizabeth (March 15, 2001). "The Pure Heart of Gangsta Rap". Chicago Reader. 
  2. ^ Michael E Dyson, Department of Sociology, "Georgetown University
  3. ^ a b c d e Michael A. Fletcher (Spring 2000). "Michael Eric Dyson: A Scholar and a Hip-Hop Preacher.", The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
  4. ^ https://www.munkdebates.com/About
  5. ^ "Michael Eric Dyson". Encyclopedia.jrank.org. 
  6. ^ Marie Arana (August 24, 2003). "Michael Eric Dyson. Telling It Any Way He Can.", "The Washington Post.
  7. ^ Michael Eric Dyson (April 2, 2011). "Manning Marable: A Brother, a Mentor, a Great Mind." Archived June 5, 2011, at the "Wayback Machine., "The Root.
  8. ^ Staff (2007). "Biography: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson" Archived November 1, 2011, at the "Wayback Machine., Common Ground Foundation, board members.
  9. ^ Staff (2011) "2011 Speakers. Marcia Dyson", Aspen Ideas Festival. The Aspen Institute.
  10. ^ Staff (2011). "2011 Speakers. Michael Eric Dyson", Aspen Ideas Festival. The Aspen Institute.
  11. ^ Calvin Reid (February 21, 2000). "Interview. Michael Eric Dyson: Of Her s and Hip-hop. The real challenge of King's heroism is to make it a useful heroism", "Publishers Weekly.
  12. ^ Austin Considine (February 5, 2006). "Disparities revealed in Katrina's wake / Race, class central to analysis of how nation failed victims", "San Francisco Chronicle.
  13. ^ Staff (April 2006). "The center of the storm", "Ebony.
  14. ^ Staff (January 16, 2006). "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster", Publishers Weekly.
  15. ^ Michael Eric Dyson; Sohail Daulatzai (December 28, 2009). Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic. Basic Civitas Books. pp. v–vi. "ISBN "978-0-465-00211-5. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ Dyson; Daulatzai (2009). Born To Use Mics:. p. 131. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ Alessandro Porco (May 2009). "'Time is Illmatic': A Critical Retrospective on Nas's Groundbreaking Debut", "Postmodern Culture – Volume 19, Number 3.
  18. ^ Richard Prince (April 1, 2009). "Oprah to Inaugurate Michael Eric Dyson Radio Show" Archived November 7, 2011, at the "Wayback Machine., Maynard Institute. Richard Prince's Journal-isms™.
  19. ^ a b "Political Correctness: Be it resolved, what you call political correctness, I call progress…". "Munk Debates. May 18, 2018. 
  20. ^ a b Jordan Peterson, Stephen Fry Defeat Michael Eric Dyson And Michelle Goldberg In Munk Debate; by Nicholas Morine; "Inquisitor; May 19, 2018
  21. ^ a b Staff. "NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction" Archived September 28, 2011, at the "Wayback Machine., Harris County Public Library.
  22. ^ Williams, Kam (2007). "38th NAACP Image Awards (2007)". AALBC. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ American Booksellers Association (2013). "The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation [1980–2012]". BookWeb. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 2007 [...] Michael Eric Dyson, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (Basic Books) 
  24. ^ Lartigue, Casey, Jr. (December 25, 2005). "Black youth must think bigger". Black America Today. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. 

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