Michael Eric Dyson talks black aspirations in Gaston Hall

Michael Eric Dyson at the Colorado Convention Center

With soul music blaring in the background, Michael Eric Dyson stepped on the stage of Gaston Hall this evening to address several hundred members of the Georgetown community. Blending humor and poignant insights into American society, Dr. Dyson delivered a lecture entitled “No Dreams Deferred?: Black Aspirations form Martin Luther King Jr. to Jay-Z.”

Dr. Dyson began the lecture with a reference to Martin Luther King’s dream for the “American experiment” and the obstacles that stood in the way for his generation. He went on to traverse the next forty of years of American history by incorporating literary quotations, rap lyrics, and historical insights.

The speech even carried a political bent as Dyson reflected on the significance of Senator Obama’s candidacy for President forty years after Dr. King’s assassination. By the end of his thirty minute speech, it was easy to see why Cornell West called him “the most talented rhetorical acrobat in the academy.”

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6 Comments on “Michael Eric Dyson talks black aspirations in Gaston Hall

  1. We didn’t record it, but I know Georgetown posts speeches on fora.tv sometimes. Check that tomorrow.

  2. Obama is no MLK–in fact, OBAMA/MCCAIN & Co = Oil & Mortgage Scam!


    (2008) US House report:

    The Truth About America’s Energy: Big Oil Stockpiles Supplies and Pockets Profits:

    –in 2004 Congress released millions of acres of public lands to oil drilling, yet: only 13 million out of 50 million acres have been developed (drilled): Offshore only 10 million of 45 million developed!

    (2007): CNN Money:

    Big oil CEOs under fire in Congress (Lawmakers spar with execs from Exxon, Chevron over high prices, record profits):

    –Exxon Mobile = biggets corp profits in history = consistent as a pertentage of revenues…

    (2007): CNN Money:

    Behind high gas prices: The refinery crunch (When gasoline prices surge, a lack of refining capacity is often blamed. What’s being done, and is it enough?

    –in 1995, America imported 17 million gallons of gasoline, by 2005, this doubled!

    Any increase in domestic oil production = even more windfall profits = closer scrutiny!!!

    Meanwhile the Colossal Magnetic Levitation Wind Turbine’s output = a small nuclear power plant = a $53 million price tag = $.01 per kilowatt hour!!! Plus, its low-center=of-gravity = perfect for offshore = unlimited potential !!!(OFFSHORE AREAS SURROUNDING THE US =24/7!!!)

    And the Lethium-ion Battery charges from 10% to 80% in 10 minutes! (Wikipedia-Electic Vehicle-6.2.5)

    (2007) Gizmag:

    Subaru doubles the battery range of its electric car concept:

    –whatever size Lithium-ion battery = charges from 0% to 80% in 15 minutes.

    Who Killed the Electric Car (the movie-Wikipedia):

    Big Oil “bought patents to prevent modern NiMH batteries from being used in US electric cars.”


    The Truth About Buying A Foreclosed Home:

    First hike-up rates, next offer foreclosed houses at market value–versus what is still owed = such a property is an ASSET to banks, not a liability!!!

    Also: Nader opposes nuclear, coal, oil energy, supports wind, solar

    (1982) Mother Earth News

    Thin-Film, Amorphous-Silicon Photovoltacis:

    –solar cells = $.70 per watt!!

    (2008) The Oil Drum:

    Thin Film Solar Power–Cheaper than Coal?


    The Dirty Truth About Clean Coal.

    (2008) ScienceDaily:

    Autism Risk Linked To Distance From Power Plants, Other Mercury-releasing Sources.

    Boston Globe:

    Mercury leaks found as new bulbs break:

    –broken CFLs = very dangerous mercury dust/vapor!!!!

    Complaints about our corrupted election process (Bush never actually won a pres. election: See–The US Commission on Civil Rights Report on the Irregularities of the 2000 Florida Presidential Election, and the Rolling Stone article: Was the 2004 Election?) can be addressed to tthe United Nations: 1503@ohchr.org

  3. If you leave me your email address in the comments, I’ll send you a recording.

  4. I’d like to speak to Dr. Dyson on some issues I have , I’d like for him to contact me via email at the above email address. thank you!

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