UT Martin Civil Rights Conference features DiAngelo, Dyson

The University of Tennessee at Martin 21st annual Civil Rights Conference will feature its last two keynote speakers, Drs. Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson, at 7 p.m., Feb. 23.

DiAngelo, author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism,” will discuss the concept of white fragility and its impact on society. As well as being a New York Times Bestseller author, DiAngelo is an affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington. She has also been a consultant and trainer for more than 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.

Dyson, longtime professor, author, preacher and media personality, will discuss his most recent book “Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America.” Dyson earned his Ph.D. in religion from Princeton University and has spent over 30 years lecturing in some of the nation’s most distinguished universities, as well serving as a media commentator and host. Dyson has authored more than 20 books including New York Times Bestseller “The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America.”

The events will be livestreamed on the UT Martin Facebook (facebook.com/utmartin) and YouTube (youtube.com/utmartin) accounts.

For more information about the Civil Rights Conference, contact Anthony Prewitt, co-interim director of student life and multicultural affairs, at aprewitt@utm.edu or visit the conference website at utm.edu/civilrights.

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