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In Depth with Michael Eric Dyson by Michael Eric Dyson

In Depth with Michael Eric Dyson

by Michael Eric Dyson

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2 Hrs. 56 Min.


Author and cultural critic Michael Eric Dyson talked about his life, his career, and his body of writing. Topics included the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the presidential candidacy of Senator Barack Obama and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Video pictures of Dr. King in Memphis, Tennessee, and of Senator Obama in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008, were shown in the background. Professor Dyson talked about issues such as the role of the church in black culture. He discussed the problem of black people who excel being considered exceptions while those who do unacceptable things being considered part of the norm. Professor Dyson reacted to a video clip of John McWhorter from March 2, 2008, talking about hip hop. He also responded to a video clip from July 1, 2004, of Bill Cosby talking about personal responsibility. He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. A video clip was shown of Professor Dyson giving a tour of his office at Georgetown University and talking about the books in his library. Professor Dyson is the author of sixteen books, including Hollar If You Hear Me; Open Mike; Why I Love Black Women; The Michael Eric Dyson Reader; Mercy, Mercy Me; Is Bill Cosby Right?; Come Hell or High Water; Debating Race; and Know What I Mean? His latest book is April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America.

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