I spoke with “hip hop intellectual” Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at the AT&T 28 Days event in Detroit, a speaker series hosted by Common and held each February to promote progressive thinking about African American history. Dyson is a professor at Georgetown University and the author of books such as Why I Love Black Women and the bestselling Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur. I seized the opportunity to ask some very difficult and personal questions about race and interpersonal communication:
1. Why do I feel so uncomfortable when I talk about race?
2. Why do I feel foolish when I “act black”?
AT&T recently held its 28 Days speaker series event in Detroit, Mich. at the Shriners Silver Garden Events Center on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Now in its fourth year, the AT&T 28 Days campaign celebrates Black History Month and aims to motivate consumers to use their voice, share their vision and move into action this February and throughout the year. The Chicago event was hosted by award-winning hip hop artist, actor, author and activist Common and featured an inspirational message from innovative leader and bold visionary, Desiree Rogers. The 28 Days speaker series consists of a seven city tour that showcases some of today’s influential and respected leaders offering their own unique perspectives on how consumers can shape their own future. To see the full schedule of speakers and AT&T 28 Days speaker series tour stops, visit att.com/28days.