1999 Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
“Race and Class In America”
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is one of the nation’s most renowned public intellectuals. Dyson is known for wearing many hats as a prolific author, scholar, public intellectual, ordained minister, media commentator and as a radio talk show host. He has taught at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities which include Brown, Chapel Hill, Columbia and currently the University of Pennsylvania but his influence has carried far beyond the academy into prisons and bookstores, political conventions and union halls, and church sanctuaries and lecture stages around the world. Dr. Dyson is named by Essence magazine as one of the 40 most inspiring African Americans and by Ebony magazine as one of the 100 most influential black Americans.