Michael Eric Dyson
Feb 16, 2013 — When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago, Leonard Freed was there to document it.
May 15, 2009 — The Rev. Harry Jackson, who pastors a church in the Washington suburbs, believes same-sex marriage is a threat to the African-American family. But the Rev. Michael Eric Dyson, a leading scholar of the African-American experience, disagrees. The two Christian leaders explain their opposing views. Both say their faith informs their perspective.
Apr 4, 2008 — How well have African Americans in national leadership positions filled the void left by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Author, cultural critic and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson shares his insight.
Apr 3, 2008 — Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis, Tenn. Professor and author Michael Eric Dyson talks about his latest book, which examines how King's death changed America.
Oct 16, 2007 — Michael Eric Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, and Kevin Merida of the Washington Post, discuss the book Come On People, co-authored by Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint. Dyson has been a vocal critic of Cosby, calling him an out-of-touch elitist. Dyson and Merida talk about the plight of black men and where to find common ground with Cosby.
Sep 18, 2007 — The Georgetown University professor — author of an acclaimed biography of Tupac Shakur — says hip-hop has its excesses, but at its best it's a high art, a politically acute brand of pavement poetry.
Jul 9, 2007 — Michael Eric Dyson discusses why he believes that hip-hop music is one of the most authentic expressions of the black experience. Rap and hip-hop artist Jay-Z wrote the introduction to Dyson's new book, Know What I Mean? Reflections on Hip Hop.
May 11, 2005 — Ed Gordon speaks with author, minister and scholar Michael Eric Dyson about the effects of Bill Cosby's controversial remarks aimed at certain African-American communities. Dyson's new book is Is Bill Cosby Right: Or Has The Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?
May 3, 2005 — A year ago, Bill Cosby set off a national debate in a speech to the NAACP where he criticized poor blacks in sometimes harsh language. Cosby emphasized personal responsibility, or the lack of it. In a new book, Michael Eric Dyson describes Cosby's remarks as a vicious attack on the most vulnerable among us.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson by Michael Eric Dyson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.