I am a fan of Dyson s analysis concerning African American current affairs In this book Dyson was able to provide some insightful perspective for current day African American existence as reflected through the lens of MLK s assassination April 4, 1968 These insights include a new view on the progression of MLK s political views his migration from racial equality to economic justice, a MLK perspective on social economic progress for African American s and African American evolution on the national political stage This includes summaries of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Barak Obama I was also happy to read his analysis of Obama just prior to his election in 2008 Dyson was able to point out that the office of the president of the United States is focused on leading the country as a whole and cannot limit itself to confines of racial protest The grass roots speakers and pulpit ministry must take on the mantel of struggle for social and racial equality Finally, I truly respect Dyson s ability to see that MLK s greatness is inextricably tied to his martyrdom If Martin lived to see a natural death due to old age we would experience the strength in his humanity full of successes and failures rather than wave the banner of an idealistic icon of nearly godlike perfection Dyson was able to see thorough a mock interview the evolution of a man rather than the still photos of a legend In the long run an icon drives an emotional response that burns bright, eventually burning out A living mentor creates an enduring discipline and lasting expectation If Martin had lived we would have lost a holiday but gained a father. When I read an incredibly well written book, I am in awe of the ability to make sharp, creative images with words Michael Dyson is such an author I took time to read this fascinating book, not only because I am very interested in the civil rights movement, and Martin Luther King Jr s major contribution, but also because it was a very complex subject rendered understandable with the beautiful natural flow of words..I ve read many books which state that the murder of fourteen year old Emmet Till was the spark that lit the match to propel black Americans to take a stand Martin Luther King, Jr, lead the people and the nation for justice, for equity, and for justifiably deserved equal treatment and retribution when a black person is murdered, demanding the same rights as others Dyson s words and excellent framing of the horror of this murder at the hands of southern white red necks, was so well written that I went back and read this section again and again It hit me hard, very hard, thinking of how this innocent, intelligent, confident young boy was savagely beaten to death, leaving him, as Dyson so eloquently said, with two empty eye sockets and a Munch like scream on his dead face There are so many subjects covered in this book, and it is hard to cover all of them, but a few stand out, mainly that Martin Luther King Jr knew he would be assignated for the cause His poetic, last speech the rainy evening in Memphis April 3rd, 1968 confirmed his intuitive feelings that he had gone to the mountaintop, and he knew he may not get there with others, and that like anybody I would like to live , but he was not afraid and knew that longeeeevity had its place.Fast on his heels, J Edgar Hoover was quite slimy Particularly when trying to paint MLK as a communist, sexual deviate In fact, Hoover used communistic, big brother is watching means of taping and harassing King And by the morals and ethics of society at that time in history, J Edgar did not live up to his own rigid standards By the end of his life, King looked back and was depressed and very, very tired Others were splintering off into anything but non violence Stokley Carmichael and Malcolm X both grew tired of non violent means that did not bring about a quick result.Exactly one year prior, King spoke at the historic Riverside Church in NYC He spoke of the need to stop intervention in Viet Nam He brazenly challenged the audience to look closely at the connections between poverty and war Some believe this was the final blaze of glory, but he took a very hard hit for his comments and beliefs Some in the civil rights movement avidly felt that King was loosing his ability to focus and was branching off in too many areas Before his death, he was planning a march on Washington to rally the poor and shine a bright light on the injustice of poverty Unlike the prior, very successful march on Washington, where he is best known for his I Have a Dream speech, the rally for poverty was splintered, unorganized and did not have the backing that the first march did This march died with him.If you are at all interested in MLK, and the civil rights movement, I highly recommend this book. This is the book that names the social problems that plague our black citizens Chronic UnemploymentRacial ProfilingEducational InequityRadical PovertyGross Over imprisonmentEnduring Reluctance to Hire Reluctance to Keep on the JobI have read several books trying to get to this information Such an obvious list once Michael Eric Dyson gives me a list Sigh Dyson combines civil rights movement, civil rights leaders, the struggle to find strong leadership after MLK, cultural contributions of black folk, rise of black politicians, and often a rhetorical understanding of leaders he discusses From Dyson s short discussion of culturally important black people, I now have some new possible subjects and people to read about next Black History Month.Civil Rights LeadersWritersMusiciansActorsArtistsMoreDyson did little than list these cultural greats yet I want to know.That good of a writer.That good of a book.A good writer writing well Cheesy smile. Interesting perspective about how the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., shaped American and gave rise to the black leaders that are influential in society in present times. From the review I posted at.com Dyson gives us a good work here, although not his best He should have subtitled the work, King s Death as a Theology For he attempts to use King s allusions to death, predictions of his own death, rhetoric of death, and the death of King itself as paradigms for understanding the post Civil Rights era race pathos in America Through racial injustice we are killing American society in general, and African Americans in particular, both literally and metaphorically i.e., killing opportunities for social equalityThroughout the book, Dyson compares King s death to the death of Biblical characters He overstretches his paradigms in order to act as a social conscience for America s failure at the problem of race The paradigms become excuses for Dyson to make personal social commentary There is too much Dyson commentary and not enough analysis and synthesis of King s death and its significance Most interesting to the book, however, is Dyson s 21st Century dialog with King, a what would King say if alive today This section may be the strength of the book as Dyson draws from King s non violent, prophetic justice philosophy to make criticism of contemporary social ills I am not sure everyone will agree with Dyson s conclusions about King s views about civil rights with respect to homosexuals A better theology on this subject can be found in Where Are All The Brothers Redmond However, I would recommend the book as part of a dialog about how far we have come on race in the last 40 years Dyson shows that we have not come very far I would read this book in hand with DuBois s The Souls of Black Folk, West s Race Matters and Democracy Matters. There were multiple times during the reading of this book, that I had to shout YEAH Also, Michael Eric Dyson is so well spoken it s somewhat intimidating. This is like taking a graduate course from Dyson on the implications of King s death This is definitely an analysis, and the reader should realize that the writing seems to reflect Dyson s opinion rather than strictly historical fact The rise of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Barack Obama at the end of the book make for particularly interesting reading Overall this is a very informative book. Dyson looks at how King and other civil rights leaders lived with an awareness of assassination He makes a case that when King died he was idolized and relegated to the past This overlooks his human flaws It also ignores how his work moved to issues of poverty and the Vietnam War during his last year Tavis Smiley talks about this in his recent book on King Dyson examines how social problems effect African Americans to a great degree now King s work is not done but goes on Dyson examines Jackson, Sharpton and Obama as they have worked within King s legacy The book concludes with an imagined interview with King in modern times. This was a fine book up until the end It s a light look into the effects of King s life and death on the Civil Rights Movement I learned some things, especially about King s connections to Jesse Jackson and his influence on Al Sharpton It also gives a brief summary of the differences in philosophy between King and other prominent black figures, contemporary with King and later But then Dyson ends it all with an imaginary interview with King, a what would King say about his death and about the current times if we could talk to him now It s inspired by when Bill Clinton imagined what kind of report card King would give the America of the nineties, so I understand what Dyson is doing but it s bizarre, awkward, and plain distasteful King is interviewed about how he feels about dying, whether or not he likes rap music he likes the rapid fire and witty delivery, but he doesn t approve of the violent and misogynistic lyrics , how he now fights for marriage equality, and his feelings about Oprah he is her biggest fan Dyson s half hearted imitation of King s cadence in the audio version just makes it worse To be honest, this phony interview ruined the entire book for me If the rest of it was exceptional in any way, I might be able to look the other way, but it s not, so I can t. 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Michael Eric Dyson is an American academic, author, and radio host He is a professor of sociology at Georgetown University.
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