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Event Write Up 1 - Michael Eric Dyson"From Sit-ins to...

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Michael Eric Dyson “From Sit-ins to Hip-Hop: Social Consciousness in a Post-King America” The lecture, hosted by Brothers, took place the night of Tuesday 12 February at 7pm in Love Auditorium. Michael Eric Dyson is an ordained minister as well as a professor at Georgetown University. Often considered a Hip-Hop Intellectual, Dyson came to speak to the students of Colgate about how the politics of Martin Luther King, Jr. have influenced and been (ab)used since King’s death until now to shape our current culture and society. Crowd Community Although the event was scheduled to start at 7pm, Professor Dyson wasn’t introduced until close to 7:30pm. Even amongst my group of friends who had chosen to sit together --- strangely enough all Black, African, and African-American females – there were whispers and head-shaking about “CP Time.” “CP Time” or “Coloured People’s Time” refers to an urban mythology that “coloured people” are always late. Nothing is done in a timely fashion. Where this myth came from, I don’t know; but I do find it interesting that even among the Black community we perpetuate this idea, most often jokingly. It wasn’t only my group of friends involved. From where I was sitting, I could see people continuously walking in late, and other members of the crowd giggling and shaking their heads. They didn’t say anything but everyone familiar with the concept already knew: CP Time. The crowd was made up primarily of minorities, and of these minorities, most of us were Black, African, or African-American. There were very few Caucasian students there, maybe ten, who were there just as a point of interest. I noticed some students, both minority and not, who seemed to be there primarily to take photos, video, or notes,
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