by Pamela Young, Published January 10, 2013
YPSILANTI - Tim Wise, a prominent anti-racist writer and educator, will share his insights on white privilege and efforts to eliminate racism throughout society Jan. 21, 10-11 a.m. in the Student Center auditorium, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. The program, which is one of a number of activities scheduled for EMU's Martin Luther King Day, is free and open to the public.
An internationally-known expert on racism, Wise lectures throughout the world on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market. He also has appeared on numerous television programs and is a regular contributor to CNN for discussions about race.
"I'm excited about hearing Tim Wise speak," said Keith Jason, co-chair of Eastern's MLK Day activities. "A number of our MLK committee members have been intrigued by his work and are looking forward to hearing his perspective."
Wise has been called "one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation," by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University. Utne Reader named him one of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."
Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers, and trained physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He also has worked with corporate, government, entertainment, military and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and with journalists to eliminate racial bias in reporting.
Wise is the author of six books, including the highly acclaimed memoir, "White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son" and his latest work, "Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority" which examines white anxiety in an increasingly multicultural nation.
Wise has served as adviser to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute in Nashville, from 1999-2003, and was a youth coordinator and associate director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism during the 1990s as part of an effort to defeat neo-Nazi political candidate David Duke.
A 1990 graduate of Tulane University, Wise also received anti-racism training from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond in New Orleans.
For a complete list of MLK Day activities, go to emich.edu/calendar/?show=2013W041