Commencement Speaker

Michael Eric Dyson
Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson is an award-winning author, a widely celebrated Georgetown University professor, a prominent public intellectual and a noted political analyst. A native of Detroit, Michigan, he is also an ordained Baptist minister. Dr. Dyson has authored nearly twenty books on subjects such as the legacy Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Nas’s debut album Illmatic, Tupac, Marvin Gaye, and Hurricane Katrina’s devastating and long-lasting effects. He is also a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, an MSNBC political analyst, and a contributing editor at the New Republic. Dr. Dyson received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1993. Dyson is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner (Why I Love Black Women, and Is Bill Cosby Right?), and the winner of the American Book Award for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. His book The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America was a Kirkus Prize finalist. Essence has named Michael Eric Dyson one of the 40 most inspiring African Americans and Ebony listed him among the 100 most influential black Americans. He often speaks at universities and political conventions, but he is also known for his speaking engagements at union halls, prisons, classrooms, and churches. Throughout his career, Dr. Dyson has had a profound effect on American culture and thinking. His latest book, What Truth Sounds Like, continues the conversation started in his 2017 bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop, and was the winner of the 2018 Southern Books Prize for nonfiction.