What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America

A stunning follow up to New York Times bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop, a timely exploration of America's tortured racial politics In 2015 BLM activist Julius Jones confronted Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with an urgent query: ?What in your heart has changed that?s going to change the direction of this country?? ?I don?t believe you just change hearts,? she prot A stunning follow up to New York Times bestseller Tears We Cannot Stop, a timely exploration of America's...

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Title:What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America
Author:Michael Eric Dyson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B076ZRB4CG
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:306 pages pages

What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America Reviews

  • Jeff Scott
    May 22, 2018
    "Whatever his faults, or limits, Bobby Kennedy was committed to getting into a room and wrestling with the demons of race. Over fifty years later, we find it hard to follow this example, and our failure dooms us to untold suffering." As we observe the 50th anniversary of the assassi...
  • Jamey
    Jun 25, 2018
    This is not a review. Reviews are what you write when you've finished reading the book. I just started reading this one, and the only way I'm going to make it from page 20 to the end is by venting the frustration and disappointment I'm feeling at the quality of the prose. This book's i...
  • Michelle
    Jun 27, 2018
    This was fascinating--I did not know about this meeting at all, and Dyson even draws his discussion forward to current black artists, intellectuals, and even sports stars. All in his trademark beautiful style. I agree with Dyson's conclusion that we need to finish this conversation abo...
  • Gloria
    Oct 18, 2018
    Am reading about half a dozen new nonfiction books on race relations and issues in 2018. Each takes a slightly different perspective. Dr. Dyson is intelligent and articulate, but am not sure this is the best of the lot, but it is unique in that it draws in the role of Robert F. Kennedy...
  • Adam Shields
    Jun 08, 2018
    Short Review: This is the fourth book I have read by Michael Eric Dyson in just over a year. Dyson is a cultural critic, essayist, theologian, and professor. What Truth Sounds Like is a follow up from his earlier Tears We Cannot Stop. That earlier book was a direct theological argument...
  • Didi
    Jun 05, 2018
    Click the link for my review. https://browngirlreading.com/2018/06/... ...
  • Reading in Black & White
    Jun 10, 2018
    It?s no secret that I absolutely adore Michael Eric Dyson. I adore that he is unapologetically black at all times without reservation and the love he has has for his people is shining bright in his latest work. There are many highlighted passages and things I?ve learned in What Tru...
  • Andre
    May 06, 2018
    There was a meeting in 1963 between Robert F. Kennedy and James Baldwin and a few of Baldwin?s friends. When you think of an example of speaking truth to power, that meeting as described by Dyson here, will indeed standout as definitive. Dyson writes ?I heard over the years how...
  • Andre
    May 17, 2018
    There was a meeting in 1963 between Robert F. Kennedy and James Baldwin and a few of Baldwin?s friends. When you think of an example of speaking truth to power, that meeting as described by Dyson here, will indeed standout as definitive. Dyson writes ?I heard over the years how...
  • Patrice Hoffman
    May 18, 2018
    What the truth sounds like, and is for me as I sit here and write this review is that I don't know how to review books such as this. Part of me wants to offer a review that strictly focuses on the writing. That (cowardly) part wants to remain neutral in all works that are social hot to...
  • Pamela
    Jul 17, 2018
    Especially enjoyed the chapter on activist athletes ("Activists 2"): a really great section and discussion of 'white privilege' reality in final section "Even If" (Wakanda Forever). ...
  • Tim
    Jul 10, 2018
    Dyson elaborates on this book in numerous YouTube videos - all highly engaging as he's a compelling speaker. Striking is how many parallels there are between the 60s and today and how little empathy we've practiced as a nation in hearing pain. Today's art is denial although that's beco...
  • Byron
    Jul 18, 2018
    It's been a minute since we've had a true entry in the Michael Eric Dyson Book o' the Month Club. Yeah, Tears We Can't Stop was probably thrown together over the course of two consecutive weekends, as if it were one of my own books, but it works like gangbusters. It's a much more satis...
  • Ethan
    Jun 26, 2018
    An exploration of the black experience of America in terms of a meeting between RFK and many notable members of the black community in 1963. The author begins by describing the meeting between RFK, James Baldwin, and many other prominent black artists and intellectuals in 1963. RFK ...
  • Michael Huang
    Aug 18, 2018
    The Kennedys didn?t really start to understand the plight of black people. In fact, they did the bare minimum ? until they had a meeting with activists and intellectuals in 1963. During that meeting, Jerome Smith spoke up about his experience that gradually made Robert Kennedy bett...
  • Dustin
    Jul 06, 2018
    An excellent follow-up to Tears We Cannot Stop. Just as timely, too. I appreciated Dyson?s discussion of Bobby Kennedy?s meeting with James Baldwin and other African-American artists and intellectuals, and showed it as his turning point in advocating for great social justice. He co...
  • Yanira
    Jun 24, 2018
    This was such a good reading experience, I don?t know if my review would give it justice. In 1963 General Robert Kennedy reached out to Baldwin to put together a group that might help him to understand the black American experience. This book recounts that meeting & much more. Th...
  • Janet
    Aug 12, 2018
    This book begins with a description of the 1963 meeting in the NYC apartment of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. The meeting was attended by Robert Kennedy, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, and many other notable people, without organization affiliation. There was also a young black civil ri...
  • Helga Cohen
    Nov 01, 2018
    This book by Michael Dyson is an eye opening and gives a challenging and different view of life in America. Dyson underscores our need to address systemic racism with in the United States. In this book we are in a room in 1963 where the conversation with leading black activists and Ro...
  • Jeri Rowe
    Jul 03, 2018
    Michael Eric Dyson's follow-up to "Tears We Cannot Stop" uses a 1963 meeting between Bobby Kennedy and James Baldwin as a touchstone to talk about the racism we as a country today. In a word -- or two -- Dyson's follow-up is pretty damn powerful. He writes: "Race is the big thing, a...
  • Rachel
    Jul 06, 2018
    I have been wanting to reads this book since I heard Michael Eric Dyson interview on the view. The story centers around a meeting that took place in civil rights era between Bobby Kennedy, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, and other well known black activist at the time. Dyson states in ...
  • Shannan Harper
    Sep 03, 2018
    I felt it was an interesting book, but if you're on the slow side like I am, you might want to keep a dictionary near by. Mr. Dyson recounts a meeting between Senator Robert F. Kennedy and James Baldwin. ...
  • Ruby
    Jun 23, 2018
    "Baldwin understood that policy could never make white people think differently. The perception of black people often shapes how and when the law is applied. The moral dimensions of race exert a profound influence on how we distribute social goods, apply public policy and laws, and det...
  • Leah
    Aug 13, 2018
    MED leaves no stone unturned in this fabulous book/ conversation on race in America. This is another must read for every American. ...
  • Shadoshard
    Aug 20, 2018
    From the Kennedy meetings in the 1960s to the recent acclaim of the movie Black Panther and what Wakanda means, Dyson sums up a discourse where people have to scream to have themselves heard and the painful part of this is that they still have to scream to be heard. And little gets don...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    Jun 16, 2018
    I?m not sure how I feel about this book. It?s nominal premise is based on a little known meeting in late May 1963 between then Attorney General Robert Kennedy and Black intellectuals, activists and entertainers ranging from James Baldwin to Lena Horne to Lorraine Hansberry. It was...
  • Corvus
    May 05, 2018
    When I began Michael Eric Dyson's "What Truth Sounds Like," I found myself wondering if this book was going to be for me. I was previously unfamiliar with Dyson's work and the first passage of the book seemingly speaks of heroes and patriotic martyrs. I worried I was walking into anoth...
  • Scott  Hitchcock
    Sep 24, 2018
    A book everybody should read but not one everybody will like. These are very complicated issues and I don't always agree with the author although I do see where he's coming from in all cases. What truth sounds like is always from the speaker's point of view and this is no different. ...
  • MGF
    Jun 27, 2018
    An insightful, enjoyable read that is much-needed. I learned a ton and highly recommend. I loved the Wakanda chapter. ...
  • M.A. Reads
    Sep 03, 2018
    I was somewhat disappointed with What Truth Sounds Like. I don't know if that disappointment is more reflective of my expectations or the book's shortcomings. When I picked up this book, I expected to be transported back to 1963 and into the room where it happened, where RFK was challe...