As part the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, award-winning author and scholar Michael Eric Dyson will deliver a talk at 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Michigan League.

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Michael Eric Dyson

Dyson, a Detroit native, ordained Baptist minister, former church pastor and professor, specializes in race relations and black American culture, music and history.

His most recent book, “What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America,” was an instant New York Times bestseller. It explores the history between the intersections of race and democracy, and whether American’s embrace political resolution or moral redemption to fix the country’s fractured racial landscape.

Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated website.

An American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner, Dyson was named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine and is said to be “reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.”

Dyson’s talk is presented by the University Library, University Housing, School of Information, Bentley Historical Library and the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives.