A captivated audience of faculty, staff
and Springfield community members
sat in a filled-to-capacity Weaver Chapel
to hear accomplished writer Michael
Eric Dyson present the keynote address
during the annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Commemorative Convocation, Jan. 15.
Avalon Foundation Professor in the
Humanities and African American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania,
Dyson discussed "Dr. King for the 21st
"Dr. King had a dream, but he also
entertained the nightmare," Dyson said,
calling the camouflaging of the nation's
past the 'United States of Amnesia.'"
Dyson's provocative thoughts about
King's legacy also paralleled Wittenberg's
recent discussion on "Poverty vs. Privilege
in the Black Community," which included
dialogue on his book, Is Bill Cosby Right?:
Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its
Mind? Though the civil rights era is
seen as a race- based movement, Dyson
reminded those in attendance of the
"We need to come together and disabuse
ourselves of differences," Dyson said.
"You don't know what someone has just
by seeing them."