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EVENT: Michael Eric Dyson Will Give MLK Day Address Jan. 16

12/19/2005 --

The "hip-hop intellectual" and "street fighter in suit and tie" melds scholarly insight with the phenomena of contemporary culture.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Renowned author and "hip-hop" scholar Michael Eric Dyson will deliver the Ross School's Martin Luther King Day lecture at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Hale Auditorium. A book signing and reception will follow.

Dyson's talk, which is free to the public, will focus on issues raised in his latest book, "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?"

Hailed as one of America's most inspiring African Americans, Dyson infuses intellectual thought with popular culture. He has been described as "bridging gaps between generations, connecting civil rights identity to hip-hop culture while forging links between older and younger Americans."

An ordained Baptist minister and professor of religious and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania, Dyson has been compared to Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X for his fearless and fiery oratory.

He has written several best-selling books, including "Why I Love Black Women," "Between God and Gangsta Rap" and "Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line," as well as books on King, Marvin Gaye, Tupac Shakur and Malcolm X.

Dyson, who received his Ph.D. from Princeton University, is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Penn. He also has taught at Columbia, Brown, DePaul, North Carolina and the Chicago Theological Seminary.

For more information about Dyson's MLK Day talk, contact Lynnette Iannace at or (734) 763-8042. For information on Dyson, visit

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847