Michael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author and radio host, will deliver the 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Speech on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. His talk is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. Admission is free.
Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential black Americans, is the author of 16 books, including “Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right?” and “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.” He is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.
Dyson’s first book, “Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism,” helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. “Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X” was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century.
University Bookstore will sell Dyson’s books at the event.