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Date Wednesday April 30
Time 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details
Auditorium: East Bay Church of Religious Science
4130 Telegraph Avenue

(northeast corner of 41st St. & Telegraph Ave.;
also, within easy walking distance, a few blocks,
a little more than around the northwest corner,
from MacArthur Bart station)

Oakland, CA

(two side parking lots available)
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorChurch of Religious Science, Oakland, CA
Address4130 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA

One of the foremost African American *and* American, period, progressive voices in the nation presents:

"April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America"

and current topics.

Lecture & Book Signing


April 30

6:30 PM

East Bay Church of Religious Science
41st Street & Telegraph Ave
(northeast corner)

Oakland, CA

New book:

_April 4, 1968:
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America_

On April 4, 1968, at 6:01 PM, while he was standing on a balcony at a Memphis hotel, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and fatally wounded. Only hours earlier King—the prophet for racial and economic justice in America—ended his final speech with the words, “I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land.”

Acclaimed public intellectual and best-selling author Michael Eric Dyson uses the fortieth anniversary of King’s assassination as the occasion for a provocative and fresh examination of how King fought, and faced, his own death, and we should use his death and legacy. Dyson also uses this landmark anniversary as the starting point for a comprehensive reevaluation of the fate of Black America over the four decades that followed King’s death. Dyson ambitiously investigates the ways in which African-Americans have in fact made it to the Promised Land of which King spoke, while shining a bright light on the ways in which the nation has faltered in the quest for racial justice. He also probes the virtues and flaws of charismatic black leadership that has followed in King’s wake, from Jesse Jackson to Barack Obama.

Dyson, always engaging and inspiring, "April 4, 1968" celebrates the prophetic leadership of Dr. King, and challenges America to renew its commitment to his deeply moral vision.

Read the Intro — by JAY Z

Michael Eric Dyson, named by Ebony as one of the hundred most influential Black Americans, is the author of sixteen books, including, _Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture_ ; _I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King Jr._ ; _Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur _ ; _Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?_ . He is currently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and lives in Washington, D.C.

For numerous other books see:


KALW-fm: Your Call Radio program, April 29, 2008, San Francisco, audio archived at

NBC Today Show: Excerpt & Video

NPR: Talk of the Nation

and many other TV and radio news/talk programs.

Speaking Engagements: American Program Bureau
Publicity Inquiries: Paul Jackson
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Apr 29th, 2008 7:37 PM
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