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Michael Eric Dyson to speak April 12 at Appalachian

BOONE—Michael Eric Dyson, an American academic, author and radio host, will speak Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. His talk, originally scheduled for Jan. 21 as part of the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, is sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Multicultural Student Development. A book signing will follow the talk. Admission is free.

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Dyson, named by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential black Americans, is the author of 16 books, including “Holler if You Hear Me, Is Bill Cosby Right?” and “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.” He is currently a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.

Dyson’s first book, “Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism,” helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. “Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X” was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century.

University Bookstore will sell Dyson’s books at the event.