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Dyson, Michael Eric

Works: 161 works in 541 publications in 2 languages and 38,885 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Nonfiction novels  Novels  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Rap (Music)  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Speaker, Author of introduction, Contributor, Interviewee, Redactor
Classifications: E185.97.H24, 929.20973
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April 4, 1968 : Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death and how it changed America by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 2,637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cultural critic reassesses the late civil rights leader's significance and influence on American society, as well as the ways in which his death transformed the discussion of race in America
I may not get there with you : the true Martin Luther King, Jr. by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 2,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"So much has changed since the glory days of the civil rights movement - and so much has stayed the same. African Americans command their place at every level of society, from the lunch counter to the college campus to the corporate boardroom - yet the gap between the American middle class and the black poor is as wide as ever. Where can we turn to find the vision that will guide us through these strange and difficult times? Michael Eric Dyson helps us find the answer in our recent past, by resurrecting the true Martin Luther King, Jr." "A private citizen who transformed the world around him, King was arguably the greatest American who ever lived. Yet, as Dyson so poignantly reveals, Martin Luther King, Jr. has disappeared in plain sight. Despite the federal holiday, the postage stamps, and the required reference in history textbooks, King's vitality and complexity have faded from view. Young people do not learn how radical he was, liberals forget that he despaired of whites even as he loved them, and contemporary black leaders tend to ignore the powerful forces that shaped him - the black church, language, and sexuality - thereby obscuring his relevance to black youth and hip-hop culture."--Jacket
Making Malcolm : the myth and meaning of Malcolm X by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

26 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 2,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bold critical examination of the life and legacy of Malcolm X. Minister and educator Dyson casts new light on the life and career of Malcolm X--and also on the aspirations and passions of the growing numbers who have seized on his l ife for insight and inspiration. An important work for the future of race relations
Pride : the seven deadly sins by Michael Eric Dyson( )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of the seven deadly sins, pride is the only one with a virtuous side. It is certainly a good thing to have pride in one's country, in one's community, in oneself. But when taken too far, as Michael Eric Dyson shows in Pride, these virtues become deadly sins. Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential African Americans, here looks at the many dimensions of pride. Ranging from Augustine and Aquinas, MacIntyre and Hauerwas, to Niebuhr and King, Dyson offers a thoughtful, multifaceted look at this "virtuous vice." He probes the philosophical and theological roots of pride in examining its transformation in Western culture. Dyson discusses how black pride keeps blacks from being degraded and excluded by white pride, which can be invisible, unspoken, but nonetheless very powerful. Dyson also offers a moving glimpse into the teachers and books that shaped his personal pride and vocation. Dyson also looks at less savory aspects of national pride. Since 9/11, he notes, we have had to close ranks. But the collective embrace of all things American, to the exclusion of anything else, has taken the place of a much richer, much more enduring, much more profound version of love of country. This unchecked pride asserts the supremacy of America above all others--elevating our national beliefs above any moral court in the world--and attacking critics of American foreign policy as unpatriotic and even traitorous. Hubris, temerity, arrogance--the unquestioned presumption that one's way of life defines how everyone else should live--pride has many destructive manifestations. In this engaging and energetic volume, Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation's foremost public intellectuals, illuminates this many-sided human emotion, one that can be an indispensable virtue or a deadly sin. -- from publisher description
Come hell or high water : Hurricane Katrina and the color of disaster by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

22 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Does George W. Bush care about black people? Does the rest of America? When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, hundreds of thousands were left behind to suffer the ravages of destruction, disease, and even death. The majority of these people were black; nearly all were poor. The federal government's slow response is by now notorious. Yet despite the cries of outrage that have mounted since the levees broke, we have failed to confront the disaster's true lesson: to be poor, or black, in today's ownership society, is to be left behind. Combining interviews with survivors with his deep knowledge of black migrations and government policy over decades, Dyson provides the historical context that has been missing from public conversation. He explores the legacy of black suffering in America since slavery, including the ways that black people are framed in the national consciousness even today.--From publisher description
Holler if you hear me : searching for Tupac Shakur by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through original interviews and reporting, [the author] offers us a wholly original understanding of the controversial icon who has been called the 'black Elvis'."--Jacket
Tears we cannot stop : a sermon to white America by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 1,880 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, 'Nothing.' Michael Eric Dyson believes he was wrong. Now he responds to that question. If society is to make real racial progress, people must face difficult truths, including being honest about how Black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted
The Black presidency : Barack Obama and the politics of race in America by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Eric Dyson delivers a provocative exploration of the politics of race and the Obama presidency. Barack Obama's presidency unfolded against the national traumas of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott. The nation's first African American president was careful to give few major race speeches, yet he faced criticism from all sides, including from African Americans. How has Obama's race affected his presidency and the nation's identity? Dyson explores whether Obama's use of his own biracialism as a symbol has been driven by the president's desire to avoid a painful moral reckoning on race. And he sheds light on identity issues within the black power structure, telling how Obama has spurned traditional black power brokers, significantly reducing their leverage. Perhaps most movingly, Dyson illuminates the transformative moments, especially in his second term, when Obama has publicly embraced his blackness and used it as a powerful lens onto America, black and white. President Obama's own voice--from an Oval Office interview granted to Dyson for the book--along with that of Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, and Andrew Young, among others, adds depth to this tour of the nation's first black presidency.--Adapted from book jacket
The Michael Eric Dyson reader by Michael Eric Dyson( )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Acclaimed for his writing on Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tupac Shakur, and many more, Michael Eric Dyson has emerged as the leading African American intellectual of his generation. This collection gathers the best of Dyson's vast and growing body of work from the last several years: his most incisive commentary, the most stirring passages, and the sharpest, most probing and broadminded critical analyses. From Michael Jordan to the role of religion in public life, from Toni Morrison to patriotism in the wake of 9/11, the mastery and ease with which Dyson tackles just about any subject of relevance to black America today is without parallel
Know what I mean? : reflections on hip-hop by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes social, cultural, and political aspects of hip-hop music through dialogues with academic scholars and documentary filmmakers
Can you hear me now? : the inspiration, wisdom, and insight of Michael Eric Dyson by Michael Eric Dyson( )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dyson's latest work offers a sampling of the author's sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence o the enduring problems of humanity, from love and justice to race relations and politics
Is Bill Cosby right? : or has the Black middle class lost its mind? by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Counters Bill Cosby's view on the black poor, and discusses the growing gap between the upper-class black poulation and the poor black population
Between God and gangsta rap : bearing witness to black culture by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 1,367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former welfare father from the ghetto of Detroit, Michael Eric Dyson is today a critic, scholar, and ordained Baptist minister who has forged a unique role: he is a compelling spokesman for the concerns of the black community, and also a leader who has a genuine rapport with that community, particularly with urban youth. In his essays, lectures, sermons, and books, he has emerged as one of the leading African-American voices of our day
Roots by Alex Haley( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 1,278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alex Haley's story of his search for his family's roots, prompted by his grandmother's stories of the ancestor known only as "the African." Haley discovered that his ancestor's name was Kunta Kinte, and he had been sixteen years old in 1767 when he was abducted from his home in West Africa by slavers. First published thirty years ago, this is one of most important and influential books of our time
Reflecting black : African-American cultural criticism by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

15 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 1,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Dyson skillfully explores various quarters of contemporary culture, presenting a fascinating array of places, personalities and perspectives. Even the book's postmodernist format, with its mix of long and brief essays, reviews, interviews, editorials and reflections, is adventurous. Dyson clusters his musings into three categories: black popular culture; issues of race, gender and class; and black religion. He lifts up alternatives to the hopelessness which engulfs inner-city communities, and offers strategies of resistance and empowerment. This seminal text has much to add to the discussions in congregations, seminaries and the public square. --Review from "Christian Century" magazine
Race rules : navigating the color line by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and held by 1,199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dyson reveals the pernicious influence of racial thinking across the broad canvas of American social and cultural life, from the disjunction between how whites and blacks view the world, to the way perceptions of black masculinity thwart black leadership, to the politics of nostalgia that keeps us looking to an imaginary past rather than creating a positive future. Through painful examples drawn from within the black community - sexual conflict in the black church, the myth of the "head Negro," relations between black men and women - he depicts our ongoing failure to break free of the rule of race. "In a color-blind society, we can only see black and white," warns Dyson as he argues for color consciousness informed by history and shaped by hope. Provocative and compelling, Race Rules is the most important work to date from the "hiphop intellectual" who stands at the forefront of his generation of black public thinkers
Born to use mics : reading Nas's Illmatic by Michael Eric Dyson( )

6 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Academic essays reflect on the 1994 album Illmatic by Nasir "Nas" Jones, covering topics ranging from jazz history to gender
Roots : the saga of an American family by Alex Haley( Recording )

23 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree. When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the "African"--Kunta Kinte--as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people."--Container
Mercy, mercy me : the art, loves, and demons of Marvin Gaye by Michael Eric Dyson( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the life of an American icon to reconstruct a portrait of Gaye as a flawed artist, troubled by addiction and prone to domestic abuse, who nevertheless helped define America in the turbulent 1970s
This is the day : the March on Washington by Leonard Freed( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compiles the photographs taken by Leonard Freed of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech
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April 4, 1968 : Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death and how it changed America
I may not get there with you : the true Martin Luther King, Jr.Making Malcolm : the myth and meaning of Malcolm XPride : the seven deadly sinsCome hell or high water : Hurricane Katrina and the color of disasterHoller if you hear me : searching for Tupac ShakurThe Michael Eric Dyson readerKnow what I mean? : reflections on hip-hopCan you hear me now? : the inspiration, wisdom, and insight of Michael Eric Dyson
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Dyson, Michael E.

Dyson, Michael Eric

Michael Eric Dyson Amerikaans historicus

Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D.

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