Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, the distinguished public intellectual, whose leading scholarship has profoundly influenced contemporary ideology, will deliver the Father's Day message at Hillside International Truth Center.
Dyson's challenged path in life - from welfare father to church pastor to Princeton Ph.D. - positioned him to create a body of work that bridges a generational gap; connecting civil rights identity to hip-hop culture. He is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner.
Dyson challenges Americans to examine the impact today's issues on the black community - especially the children - focusing attention on legislative proposals before African Americans right now and what people can do in their neighborhoods, faith institutions, schools and across the kitchen table to ensure a better world where our children can live out the full measure of their dreams.
Dyson is a University Professor of sociology at Georgetown University and the author of 17 books. His "Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism" is credited with helping establish the field of black American cultural studies. The New York Times bestseller, "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?" helped to jumpstart a national conversation on being poor and black in America. In "Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster" - the first major literary work on Katrina - Dyson probed the racial and class fallout caused by the storm. The Washington Post hailed his best-selling "April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How it Changed America" as "an excellent sociological primer on institutionalized racism in America."
Dyson is a political analyst and guest host on MSNBC. He has appeared on nearly every major media outlet from the "O'Reilly Factor" to "Real Time with Bill Maher." He is a contributing editor for Time magazine and hosted a syndicated NPR news and talk program.
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