What Truth Sounds Like

Monday, June 04, 2018, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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Micheal Eric Dyson

Micheal Eric Dyson photo by Nina Subin

Author Michael Eric Dyson sits down with writer/activist Shaun King and singer/activist Harry Belafonte to discuss the past, present and future of our fractured racial landscape.

Sponsored by The Strand, admission ($33 for one, $53 for two) includes a signed copy of What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America, by Michael Eric Dyson. You must purchase admission in advance.

In What Truth Sounds Like, Dr. Dyson merges the past and our present to explore the tense intersection of the conflict between politics and prophecy. The book examines key players today ranging from Jay-Z to Jordan Peele and LeBron James, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo, from Ta-Nehisi Coates to Kamala Harris.

Michael Eric Dyson is the author of The New York Times bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop. He occupies the distinguished position of University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and is a contributing editor of The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Shaun King is formerly the Senior Justice Writer at the New York Daily News, he currently serves as a columnist at The Intercept and Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Law School's Fair Punishment Project.

Harry Belafonte is, in addition to a prolific actor and singer, a champion for many social and political causes.

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