Michael Eric Dyson is NEH Centennial Chair and University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Science and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School, Vanderbilt University. He is renowned for his scholarship and active voice in a broad range of topics, especially race and religion in the African American community. Dyson has had a profound effect on American culture and thinking. He has authored more than 20 books on subjects such as the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in April 4, 1968, Malcolm X, Nas’ debut album Illmatic, Tupac, Marvin Gaye, and Hurricane Katrina’s devastating and long-lasting effects. He won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction and the American Book Award in 2007 for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. His 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 Book Prize for nonfiction. His 2019 New York Times bestselling nonfiction JAY-Z: Made in America is the recipient of two starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal and speaks on JAY-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today. His latest book is the national bestseller Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America, a series of moving letters to the martyrs of the recent Black freedom struggle and Black Lives Matter movement. He is an author, an MSNBC political analyst, a contributing editor at New Republic, an ordained Baptist minister for over 30 years, who received his PhD from Princeton University in 1993 To learn more about Dr. Dyson click here.