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Award-winning author Michael Eric Dyson to speak at Moravian College in honor of MLK

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Award-winning author, scholar, and ordained Baptist minister, Michael Eric Dyson, will speak from a portion of his book I may not get there with you: The True Martin Luther King, Jr., at Moravian College on Thursday; January 16th at 8:00 p.m. in Johnston Hall.

"If King is to be relevant to our age, we must cure our addiction to the amnesia that encourages us to duck King's radical legacy. The only King worth celebrating is the one who gave his life insisting that we honor truth, conquer evil, embrace love and expand justice. That is the true Martin Luther King, Jr."

Dyson is recognized as one of the nation's most insightful and thought-provoking black intellectuals to emerge since the heyday of the civil rights movement, and currently is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dyson is a Renaissance figure in America: he is a cultural critic, socio-analyst, media consultant, weekly newspaper columnist for The Chicago Sun-Times, a weekly radio-commentator for Tavis Smiley's NPR program, ordained Baptist preacher and what The Washington Post terms as a "super star professor at Chicago's DePaul University." Hailing from the ghetto streets of Detroit, he was a teen father who lived on welfare and started college at 21, before going on to gain a Ph.D. from Princeton University, and teaching at Brown University, the University of Carolina, Chapel Hill and Columbia University.

Dyson's reputation as one of the nation's most brilliant minds has landed him on the op-ed pages of our nation's leading newspapers, from The New York Times to The Washington Post, and led to appearances on most of the country's distinguished shows, from Charlie Rose to Politically Incorrect. In fact, Dyson has become something of an icon in black America. He has appeared as himself on the Showtime series Soulfood; he has been referenced in the hip-hop lyrics of KR S-ONE and in the fiction of E. Lynn Harris; and has been named by Honey magazine as the reigning "boy genius" of his generation.

Dyson is the author of many books including: Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X; I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.; Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur and Open Mike: Reflections on Philosophy, Race, Sex, Culture and Religion .

The lecture is free and open to the public Dyson will autograph his books, and his newest books will be available for purchase. Johnston Hall is located near the corner of Monocacy and W. Locust Streets in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For more information, call Moravian's office of Institutional Diversity, at 610 625-7847.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.