BHC Keynote Speaker

BHC 2019 Keynote Speaker
Please join the university community in celebrating the values, history, and traditions of African-American, Caribbean, African, and Afro-Latinx cultures. The Black Heritage Celebration 2019 program schedule includes performances, distinguished speakers, panel discussions, social events, and a rousing social justice/civil rights keynote featuring Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. 
 
Dr. Dyson, a 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 New Republic and the host of the Michael Eric Dyson Podcast Featuring Dr. Dan Rather.  He has won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction and the American Book Award in 2007 for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. His new book, “What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America” will be available after his address.
 
Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Harvard PhD, founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, and the Father of Black History Month, developed “Negro History Week” in 1926. The celebration was later expanded to “Black History Month” in 1976. The February was selected to honor the birth of both Frederick Douglas and President Abraham Lincoln. Black History Month, known at GW as the “Black Heritage Celebration,” we encourage everyone in the GW community to join us as we highlight the contributions of the broader Black community while we reflect on our past, reaffirm our present, and rejoice in our future.