Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, the distinguished public intellectual, whose leading scholarship has profoundly influenced contemporary ideology, will deliver the Father’s Day message at Hillside International Truth Center at 9:30 a.m. on June 16.
Dyson is a college professor, commentator and “hip-hop intellectual” who has written books on race, politics, and the African-American experience. His background is unusual for a scholar: a Detroit gang member and unwed father in his late teens, he turned himself around and became an ordained Baptist minister at age 21. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College in 1982, then went on to achieve a master’s (1991) and a Ph.D. (1993) from Princeton.
Dyson challenges Americans to examine the impact of today’s issues on the Black community — especially the children. He focuses attention on legislative proposals on the agenda for African Americans right now and what people can do in their neighborhoods, faith institutions, schools and across the kitchen table to ensure a better world where everyone can live out the full measure of their dreams.
Dyson is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University and the author of 17 books.
Hillside International Truth Center Inc., where the Rev. Dr. Barbara L. King is the founding minister, is located at 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.