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Michael Eric Dyson introduces What Truth Sound Like

New York Times bestseller, Georgetown University sociology professor, and one of America's premier public intellectuals, Michael Eric Dyson, joins us for a discussion of his new book, What Truth Sounds Like.

In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and activist Jerome Smith. It was Smith's relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels. Kennedy walked away from the nearly 3-hour meeting angry that the black folk assembled didn't understand politics and weren't as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But his anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. He set about changing policy, the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways.

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