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Past Program Video | Michael Eric Dyson and Heather McGhee: Reckoning with Racism


Presented as a part of the series 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History.

White Supremacy. Microaggressions. Black Lives Matter. Reparations. The issues are urgent, the conversation moving at breakneck speed, but is our country heading forward, or backward? Author, speaker, preacher and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is joined by Heather McGhee, former head of Demos and Brooklyn Community Foundation Fair and Just Fellow, for this discussion on America’s essential race question.

This program is presented as part of Brooklyn Historical Society’s 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History initiative, an immersive series of reflection, analysis, and discussion acknowledging our nation’s unresolved history of slavery.


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  • Oct 18 Michael-Eric-Dyson

    Michael Eric Dyson

    Michael Eric Dyson is an author, speaker, preacher and Georgetown University sociology professor. His recent book Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, was described by The New York Times reviewer as “one of the most frank and searing discussions of race I have ever read.”

  • Oct 18 Heather-McGhee

    Heather McGhee

    Heather McGhee is former president of Demos and is completing a book about the high cost of racism to society. She regularly discusses race and racism in the media and is the inaugural recipient of the Brooklyn Community Foundation Fair and Just Fellowship.

Thanks to our funders

This series is made possible through the generous support of Joanne Witty and Eugene Keilin, Sylvia and Byron Lewis, Margaret Seiler and Hovey Brock, Alexandra Bowie and Daniel Richman, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, and donors to BHS’s Race and History Fund.


Thanks to our programming partners

BHS is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Coming to the Table, Facing History and Ourselves, the New School’s 400 Years of Inequality initiative, the Social Science Research Council, and the Vera Institute of Justice.