Michael Eric Dyson
Born (1958-10-23) October 23, 1958 (age 65)
Spouses
  • Theresa Taylor
    (m. 1977; div. 1979)
    [1]
  • Brenda Joyce
    (m. 1982; div. 1992)
  • Marcia Louise
    (m. 1992)
Ecclesiastical career
Ordainedc. 1977
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisUses of Heroes: Celebration and Criticism in the Interpretation of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. (1993)
InfluencesManning Marable[2]
Academic work
DisciplineSociology
InstitutionsVanderbilt University
Websitemichaelericdyson.com Edit this at Wikidata

Michael Eric Dyson (born October 23, 1958) is an American academic, author, ordained minister, and radio host. He is a professor in the College of Arts and Science and in the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University.[3] Described by Michael A. Fletcher as "a Princeton Ph.D. and a child of the streets who takes pains never to separate the two",[4] Dyson has authored or edited more than twenty books dealing with subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Marvin Gaye, Barack Obama, Nas's debut album Illmatic, Bill Cosby, Tupac Shakur and Hurricane Katrina.

Early life and education

Dyson was born on October 23, 1958, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Addie Mae Leonard, who was from Alabama. He was adopted by his stepfather, Everett Dyson.[citation needed] He attended Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, on an academic scholarship but left and completed his education at Northwestern High School.[4] He became an ordained Baptist minister at nineteen years of age.[5] Having worked in factories in Detroit to support his family, he entered Knoxville College as a freshman at the age of twenty-one.[6] Dyson received his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Carson–Newman College in 1985.[4] He received a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University in 1993 after completing a doctoral dissertation titled Uses of Heroes: Celebration and Criticism in the Interpretation of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.[7]

Career

Professor

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.[4] From 2007 to 2020, he was a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.[8] In 2021, Dyson moved to Vanderbilt University where he holds the Centennial Chair and serves as University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Science and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School.[3] Between 2016 and 2018, he was a visiting professor at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. During his time at Georgetown University, Dyson faced allegations of sexual harassment from a number of students and was investigated by the Title IX office.[9][10]

Author

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] His last three books appeared repeatedly on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Commentator

Dyson hosted a radio show, which aired on Radio One, from January 2006 to February 2007. He is also a commentator on National Public Radio, MSNBC 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.[18] In May 2018, he participated in the Munk debate on political correctness, arguing alongside Michelle Goldberg against Stephen Fry and Jordan Peterson.[19] In August 2018, he spoke at the funeral of Aretha Franklin.[20]

Dyson served on the board of directors of the Common Ground Foundation, a project dedicated to empowering urban youth in the United States.[21] Dyson and his third wife, Marcia L. Dyson,[4] were regular guests and speakers at the Aspen Institute Conferences and Ideas Festival.[citation needed] Dyson most recently hosted a television show, The Raw Word.

The Michael Eric Dyson Show (2009-2011)

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,[22] 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.

Beliefs

Dyson's general philosophy is that American black people are continuing to suffer from generations of ongoing oppression. On Fox News with Tucker Carlson, Dyson suggested that white Americans looking for ways to counter white privilege could make individual efforts to contribute time and money to support local black communities.[23]

Personal life

Dyson has a son, Michael Eric Dyson II, born on May 22, 1978, in Detroit with his first wife, Theresa Taylor. Also, Mwata and Maisha Dyson and three grandchildren.[citation needed]

Allegations of student sexual harassment

Georgetown University's student newspaper The Georgetown Voice reported in June 2021 that the University had launched an investigation into Dyson in February 2020 in relation to allegations that Dyson harassed and tried to initiate a romantic relationship with one of his students at the University. Subsequently, Crystal Fleming also accused Dyson of harassing her as a graduate student.[24] Students at Vanderbilt, where Dyson accepted a position in 2021, have accused the school of "fail[ing] Black women" by hiring the alleged predator.[25]

Bibliography

Title Year ISBN Publisher Subject matter Interviews, presentations, and reviews Comments
Reflecting Black: African-American Cultural Criticism 1993 ISBN 9780816621439 University of Minnesota Press
Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X 1995 ISBN 9780195102857 Oxford University Press Malcolm X
Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line 1996 ISBN 9780201911862 Addison Wesley
Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture 1997 ISBN 9780195115697 Oxford University Press
I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. 2000 ISBN 9780684867762 Free Press Martin Luther King Jr. Presentation by Dyson on I May Not Get There With You, January 10, 2000, C-SPAN
Washington Journal interview with Dyson on I May Not Get There With You, April 10, 2000, C-SPAN
Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur 2002 ISBN 9780465017560 Basic Civitas Books Tupac Shakur Booknotes interview with Dyson on Holler If You Hear Me, November 4, 2001, C-SPAN
Open Mike: Reflections on Philosophy 2002 ISBN 9780465017652 Basic Civitas Books
Why I Love Black Women 2002 ISBN 9780465017638 Perseus Book Group Winner of the 2004 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction[26]
The Michael Eric Dyson Reader 2004 ISBN 9780465017713 Basic Civitas Books
Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye 2005 ISBN 9780465017706 Basic Civitas Books Marvin Gaye
Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? 2005 ISBN 9780465017195 Basic Civitas Books Bill Cosby, Pound Cake speech After Words interview with Dyson on Is Bill Cosby Right: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, May 15, 2005, C-SPAN
Book group discussion on Is Bill Cosby Right: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?, February 28, 2006, C-SPAN
Winner of the 2006 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction[27]
Pride: The Seven Deadly Sins 2006 ISBN 9780195160925 Oxford University Press Pride
Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster 2006 ISBN 9780465017614 Perseus Book Group Hurricane Katrina, Social effects of Hurricane Katrina, Criticism of the government response to Hurricane Katrina Presentation by Dyson on Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina, February 24, 2006, C-SPAN Recipient of the 2007 American Book Award[28]
Nominee for the 2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction[29]
Debating Race 2007 ISBN 9780465002061 Basic Civitas Books
Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip Hop 2007 ISBN 9780465017164 Basic Civitas Books Hip hop (culture), Hip hop music Presentation by Dyson on Know What I Mean?, July 18, 2007, C-SPAN Nominee for the 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction[30][31]
April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King's Death and How it Changed America 2008 ISBN 9780465012862 Basic Civitas Books Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson 2009 ISBN 9780465018833 Basic Civitas Books
Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic 2010 ISBN 9780465002115 Basic Civitas Books Nas, Illmatic Dyson and Sohail Daulatzai were the editors of this book.
The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America 2016 ISBN 9780544387669 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Barack Obama, Presidency of Barack Obama After Words interview with Dyson on The Black Presidency, March 11, 2016, C-SPAN
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America 2017 ISBN 9781250135995 St. Martin's Press Race and ethnicity in the United States, White Americans, African Americans Presentation by Dyson on Tears We Cannot Stop, January 18, 2017, C-SPAN
Interview with Dyson on Tears We Cannot Stop, April 22, 2017, C-SPAN
Presentation by Dyson on Tears We Cannot Stop, June 10, 2017, C-SPAN
Presentation by Dyson on Tears We Cannot Stop, September 22, 2017, C-SPAN
Washington Journal interview with Dyson on Tears We Cannot Stop, December 24, 2017, C-SPAN
Winner of the 2018 Southern Book Prize for Non-Fiction[32]
What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America 2017 ISBN 9781250135995 St. Martin's Press Baldwin–Kennedy meeting Presentation by Dyson on What Truth Sounds Like, June 6, 2018, C-SPAN
Washington Journal interview with Dyson on What Truth Sounds Like, June 24, 2018, C-SPAN
JAY-Z: Made in America 2019 ISBN 9781250230966 St. Martin's Press Jay-Z
Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America 2020 ISBN 9781250276759 St. Martin's Press Presentation by Dyson on Long Time Coming, December 8, 2020, C-SPAN Nominee for the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction[33]
Entertaining Race: Performing Blackness in America 2021 ISBN 9781250135971 St. Martin's Press Presentation by Dyson on Entertaining Race, November 12, 2021, C-SPAN

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