Professor Michael Eric Dyson Nominated for NAACP Image Award for King Book
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University, has been nominated for an NACCP Image Award for his latest book I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr.
Dyson, whose controversial tome received both acclaim and criticism for its realistic portrayal of the slain civil rights leader, was among five authors nominated in the category of “Outstanding Literary Work-Non-Fiction.” Other nominees in this category are: Miles Corwin, And Still We Rise; Al Roker, Don’t Make Me Stop This Car; Julian Bond and Sondra Kathryn Wilson, Lift Every Voice and Sing; and Randall Robinson, The Debt.
“I’m honored to be recognized for the work I did re-examining the reigning icon of Black culture,” Dyson says. “It is especially gratifying to be recognized by a venerable institution in Black America when some criticism was directed my way by folk alleging to represent the Black mainstream.”
The 32nd NAACP Image Awards will air on FOX-TV March 9 at 8 p.m. EST. The awards program was first presented in Hollywood in 1962 to recognize excellence among African Americans in all areas of communication. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is headed by president and CEO Kweisi Mfume.
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