Michael Eric Dyson

The African-American professor and author of (among many other works) Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster, he'll speak on "Power, Justice, Freedom: Vote!" Which, as we know, turned out pretty well this year. In a recent interview on Salon.com, he said, "Given the investment of black people in Mr. Obama’s success, you would think that he was a kind of political Santa Claus, that the day after he was elected, black people wouldn’t have to pay taxes or would get a get-out-of-jail-free card. But social inequalities will still be real. Ironically enough, he has imposed upon himself certain restrictions when it comes to showing a willingness to be susceptible to the demands of black people." Presented by the Bush School Diversity Lecture Series and Seattle/King County NAACP. BRIAN MILLER

Sat., Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m., 2008

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