This Day in Black History: Oct. 23, 1958

Professor Michael Eric Dyson was born in Detroit.

Posted: 10/23/2013 12:00 AM EDT

Professor, author and media correspondent Michael Eric Dyson was born on Oct. 23, 1958, in Detroit. At the age of 21, he entered Knoxville College as a freshman and received his bachelor's degree from Carson-Newman College in 1985. He later went on to Princeton University to obtain his master's and Ph.D. in religion in 1991 and 1993, respectively. 

Dyson has taught at several universities in his career including Brown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, DePaul University and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a professor of sociology at Georgetown University since 2007. He received media attention in 2011 when he introduced his course “Sociology of Hip Hop: Jay Z” at the university.

Dyson has also authored several books focused on African-American history and culture including I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr., Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye, Born to Use Mics: Reading Nas's Illmatic and others. 

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