Michael Eric Dyson

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Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 4 April 2012 crop.jpg
Michael Eric Dyson, 2012
Born (1958-10-23) October 23, 1958 (age 56)
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Nationality United States
Education Knoxville College
Carson-Newman College (BA, 1985)
Princeton University (MA, 1991)
Princeton University (PhD, 1993)
Occupation Author, professor
Employer Georgetown University
Religion Baptist
Spouse(s) Theresa Taylor (m. 1977; div. 1979)[1]
Brenda Joyce (m. 1982; div. 1992)
Marcia Louise (m. 1992)

Michael Eric Dyson (born October 23, 1958) is an American academic, author, and radio host. He is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.[2] Described by Michael A. Fletcher as "a Princeton PhD and a child of the streets who takes pains never to separate the two",[3] Dyson has authored and edited 18 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.

Personal[edit]

Dyson was born to Everett and Addie Dyson in Detroit, Michigan. 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 19 years of age.[4] Having worked in factories in Detroit to support his family, he entered Knoxville College as a freshman at age 21.[5] 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 serves on the board of directors of the Common Ground Foundation, a project dedicated to empowering urban youth in the United States.[6] Dyson and his third wife, writer and ordained minister Marcia L. Dyson,[3] are regular guests and speakers at the Aspen Institute Conferences and Ideas Festival.[7][8] Together, they lecture on many American college campuses.

Career[edit]

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.[9] 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".[10][11][12] 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.[13] Dyson's own essay in this anthology, "One Love," Two Brothers, Three Verses, explains how the current US penal system disfavors young black males more than any other segment of the population.[14][15] 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. In May 2013, Dr. Dyson's credibility was questioned by the conservative website The Washington Free Beacon when he said that Attorney General Eric Holder, who was under criticism for the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press telephone records in an investigation of security leaks,[16] "shouldn’t give up his office. What he should understand is that he is the chief law giver of the United States so to speak. He’s the Moses of our time and at least for this administration."[17]

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 most recent episode of the show was in December 2011.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2004 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction Why I Love Black Women Winner[19]
2006 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? Winner[19]
2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Nominee[20]
2007 American Book Award Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster Winner[21]

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Marie Arana (August 24, 2003). "Michael Eric Dyson. Telling It Any Way He Can.", The Washington Post.
  5. ^ Michael Eric Dyson (April 2, 2011). "Manning Marable: A Brother, a Mentor, a Great Mind.", The Root.
  6. ^ Staff (2007). "Biography: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson", Common Ground Foundation, board members.
  7. ^ Staff (2011) "2011 Speakers. Marcia Dyson", Aspen Ideas Festival. The Aspen Institute.
  8. ^ Staff (2011). "2011 Speakers. Michael Eric Dyson", Aspen Ideas Festival. The Aspen Institute.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Austin Considine (February 5, 2006). "Disparities revealed in Katrina's wake / Race, class central to analysis of how nation failed victims.", San Francisco Chronicle.
  11. ^ Staff (April 2006). "The center of the storm." Ebony.
  12. ^ Staff (January 16, 2006). "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster.", Publishers Weekly.
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Michael Eric Dyson; Sohail Daulatzai (December 28, 2009). Born To Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic. Basic Civitas Books. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-465-00211-5. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  15. ^ Alessandro Porco (May 2009). ""Time is Illmatic": A Critical Retrospective on Nas's Groundbreaking Debut.", Postmodern Culture – Volume 19, Number 3.
  16. ^ Staff (May 31, 2012) The Huffington Post
  17. ^ Staff (May 31, 2013) Freebeacon.com
  18. ^ Richard Prince (April 1, 2009). "Oprah to Inaugurate Michael Eric Dyson Radio Show.", Maynard Institute. Richard Prince's Journal-isms™.
  19. ^ a b Staff. "NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction.", Harris County Public Library.
  20. ^ "Nominees List". NAACP. 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2007.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  21. ^ 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)" 
  22. ^ Lartigue, Casey, Jr. (December 25, 2005). "Black youth must think bigger". Black America Today. 

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