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Tears We Cannot Stop

Tears We Cannot Stop

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
240 pp • $24.99
ISBN: 9781250135995
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A Sermon to White America

Michael Eric Dyson

Winner of the Southern Book Prize

“[Dyson’s] narrative voice carries a deeper and more intimate authority, as it grows from his own experience as a black man in America—from being beaten by his father to being profiled by the police to dealing with his brother’s long-term incarceration . . . Dyson’s raw honesty and self-revelation enables him to confront his white audience and reach out to them.”

—Chicago Tribune

As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man’s voice is heard above the rest. In his New York Times op-ed piece “Death in Black and White,” Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop—a provocative and deeply personal call for change. Dyson argues that if we are to make real racial progress we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. Short, emotional, literary, powerful—this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read.

© Nina Subin

© Nina Subin

Michael Eric Dyson has been an ordained minister for thirty-five years, 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 for The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated. Ebony magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation. Dyson is the author of nineteen books, including four New York Times bestsellers.
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What Truth Sounds Like

What Truth Sounds Like

St. Martin’s Press
Hardcover
304 pages • $24.99
ISBN: 9780374537449
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RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

Michael Eric Dyson

“[A] short and passionately written book . . . Dyson’s most interesting and newsworthy observations touch on the role of black intellectuals and activists in the 2016 presidential race.”

—Mark Whitaker, The Washington Post

In 1963, an epochal meeting took place between titans of American society. Robert F. Kennedy and James Baldwin met in Kennedy’s New York penthouse apartment, joined by entertainers Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and young activist Jerome Smith. Baldwin and friends charged RFK with being ignorant of black life and struggle, and Kennedy countered that the black elite emphasized witness—attesting to suffering—over policy. That conflict festers to this day. Every group represented by the people in that room—politicians, artists, intellectuals, activists—has the power to fix what still ails us. Examining the role of everyone from Jay-Z to Kamala Harris and everything from Black Lives Matters to Black Panther, Dr. Dyson asks us all to seize Baldwin’s challenge. What Truth Sounds Like is a powerful call to action, for only when we separate whiteness from America will we fulfill the dream of a true democracy.

© Nina Subin

© Nina Subin

Michael Eric Dyson has been an ordained minister for thirty-five years, 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 for The New Republic and ESPN’s The Undefeated. Ebony magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans and one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation. Dyson is the author of nineteen books, including four New York Times bestsellers.
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