Entries in Michael Eric Dyson (6)
Reaction to the President’s news about the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. operatives has been generally been received with joy and patriotism, but many are offering a more measured, nuanced response to the news. For more reaction on this event, we turn to Zaheer Ali, a doctoral student of history at Columbia University, and Steven Gray, a correspondent for Time magazine.
Listen to the program here (segment starts at 14:00).
A new telling of the life of Malcolm X, from a biographer who’s already gone.
Malcolm X was fierce in his day and an icon in his death — the hard, tough black answer to Martin Luther King’s non-violent civil rights struggle.
“The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” as told to Alex Haley, became a touchstone for generations of young African-Americans and more. His archetypal journey from crime and trouble to wisdom and awakening.
Now, a new biography of Malcolm X takes the man beyond archetype. Fills in the picture. He becomes more human, but no less compelling.
This hour On Point: the new biography of Malcom X, with guests Michael Eric Dyson & Zaheer Ali.
Listen to the program here.
On Friday, we lost a giant in the world of academia and social justice, Dr. Manning Marable. Marable was professor of history and political science at Columbia University, and he passed away at age 60, just days before the release of the work that he spent much of the last decade of his life working on: the long-anticipated biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. We spend the hour paying tribute to this great scholar, author, and activist...
We speak with two of Marable’s colleagues at Columbia University about his work in the academy. Dr. Farah Griffin, professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies and author of Who Set You Flowin’?: The African-American Migration Narrative, and Zaheer Ali, a doctoral student at Columbia University who assisted Marable with the Malcolm X biography, talk about Marable as a mentor, scholar, and academician.
Listen to the program segment with Farah Griffin & Zaheer Ali here (or right-click here to download):
Reports from Egypt indicate that anti-government turnout is among the biggest it has been in the past two weeks. As Egyptians continue to demand their rights from the Mubarak government, Zaheer Ali, a doctoral student of history at Columbia University, claims that African Americans in particular can do more to support the desires of the Egyptian people. Ali, who recently wrote the essay “Crisis in Egypt: Their Problem is Our Problem” for TheRoot.com, is currently studying the history of Egyptian and African-American relationships.
Listen to the program here.
Last week, Congressional Republicans read the Constitution aloud on the House floor, but they didn’t read the parts of the original document referring to slavery. Zaheer Ali, a doctoral student of history at Columbia University, is one of the people who noticed that omission, and wrote an article about it for TheRoot.com.
Listen to the program here (segment starts at 13:40).