Author, academic, and Detroit-native, Michael Eric Dyson will be appearing at the Southfield Public Library (26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48076) on Saturday, February 6 from 6:30-7:30pm in support of his latest book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America. This event is free and open to the public. As always, we advise early attendance in the case of overcrowding. For more information or to reserve copies of the book, please contact Book Beat (248) 968-1190.
“Michael Eric Dyson’s The Black Presidency is a brilliant and searing analysis of what it means to be African-American in the Age of Obama. Every page sizzles with owlish erudition, fearless thinking, and barely contained fury. When it comes to frankly discussing race and American identity Dyson is in a league of his own. Highly recommended!” —Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and CNN Presidential Historian
Michael Eric Dyson explores the powerful, surprising way the politics of race have shaped Barack Obama’s identity and groundbreaking presidency. How has President Obama dealt publicly with race—as the national traumas of Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and Walter Scott have played out during his tenure? What can we learn from Obama’s major race speeches about his approach to racial conflict and the black criticism it provokes?
Dyson explores whether Obama’s use of his own biracialism as a radiant symbol has been driven by the president’s desire to avoid a painful moral reckoning on race. And he sheds light on identity issues within the black power structure, telling the fascinating story of how Obama has spurned traditional black power brokers, significantly reducing their leverage.
President Obama’s own voice—from an Oval Office interview granted to Dyson for this book—along with those of Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Andrew Young, and Maxine Waters, among others, add unique depth to this profound tour of the nation’s first black presidency.
“Immensely engaging, unflinchingly honest, and appropriately provocative, Michael Eric Dyson proves, once again, that he is without peer when it comes to contextualizing race in 21st-century America. The Black Presidency is a must-read for anyone who wants to better understand America’s racial past, present, and future, as well as an urgent and vital contribution to any serious discussion of race in the waning moments and aftermath of Barack Obama’s time in office.”—Gilbert King, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Devil in the Grove
“Such is the genius of Dyson. He flows freely from the profound to the profane, from popular culture to classical literature.”
“Dyson is not only the most talented rhetorical acrobat in the academy—he is also one of the most courageous and engaged intellectuals in America.” —Cornel West
“Effortlessly and with conviction, he weaves together a range of themes from gangsta rap to graduate seminars, deepening them with highly varied and vividly portrayed personal experience.”
MICHAEL ERIC DYSON is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a Georgetown University professor, an MSNBC political analyst, and best-selling author of seventeen books, including the American Book Award-winning Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. He lives in Washington, D.C.