Virtual Event: Michael Eric Dyson in Conversation with Andrea Blackman

Parnassus Books and Nashville Public Library are delighted to welcome Michael Eric Dyson, author of Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America, in conversation with Andrea Blackman. 

This virtual event which will take place on the Parnassus Books Facebook page.

The conversation will occur on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 7:00pm Central time.

After the live talk has ended, the video will be archived on the Parnassus Books Facebook page under Videos.


Building on Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to Redemption, Michael Eric Dyson’s new book, Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America, grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five chapters—each addressed to a contemporary martyr from Breonna Taylor to the Rev. Clementa Pinckney—Dyson traces the genealogy of antiblackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life—and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism.
In Long Time Coming, Dyson examines the cultural imperatives of black death, the plague of police brutality, the white theft of black bodies and opportunities, the resort to the often fascist justice of social media instead of the faulty, but far superior justice of the legal system, and the craving for white comfort that has too often cost black people their lives. Ending with a poignant plea for hope, Long Time Coming points the way to social redemption.

Long Time Coming is a necessary guide to help America finally reckon with race.


Distinguished University Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts & Science, and of Ethics and Society, Divinity School, and Centennial Professor at Vanderbilt University, Michael Eric Dyson is one of America’s premier public intellectuals and the author of seven New York Times bestsellers. A contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, Dr. Dyson is a recipient of two NAACP Image awards and the 2020 Langston Hughes Festival Medallion. Former president Barack Obama has noted: “Everybody who speaks after Michael Eric Dyson pales in comparison.”

This event is presented in partnership with Nashville Public Library's Conversations @NPL series.




Event date: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250276759
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: St. Martin's Press - December 1st, 2020