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MLK Celebration with Michael Eric Dyson

Campus News | Thursday, January 3, 2019

Columbus State Community College will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration, featuring author and news personality Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as the keynote speaker.

Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University, is an author, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, an MSNBC political analyst, a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an ordained Baptist minister for more than 30 years. He is the author of nearly 20 books, including most recently What Truth Sounds Like and Tears We Cannot Stop.

Columbus State has been proud to house many high-visibility speakers for our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebrations. The College honors Dr. King near but not on the MLK Jr. holiday to maximize opportunities for students, faculty and staff participation on a date classes are in session. Past speakers have included Angela Davis, Donna Brazile, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Dick Gregory.

This is Dyson’s second appearance at Columbus State; he first spoke at the Day of Celebration event in 2012. Dyson will conclude his appearance with a book signing. Copies of What Truth Sounds Like will be available for sale. (Columbus State is partnering with The Ohio State University to host the appearance; Dyson will also speak at Ohio State later on Jan. 30.) 

The keynote event featuring Michael Eric Dyson take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Nestor Hall Auditorium, 488 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus. Tickets - free with registration- are available at


Dr. Michael Eric Dyson was the keynote speaker for Columbus State's annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in January 2012. Royce Carpenter, who is now the chair of Columbus State's Interpreter Education Program, showed off her sign language chops with a little Jay-Z.

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