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Esquire Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2020

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year, 2020

Barnes and Noble Best New Books of the Year, 2020

This program is read by Michael Eric Dyson. 

From the New York Times best-selling author of Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption.

The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a White cop suffocated him. The video of that night’s events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation’s history and the sort of social unrest we have not seen since the '60s. While Floyd’s death was certainly the catalyst (heightened by the fact that it occurred during a pandemic whose victims were disproportionately of color), it was in truth the fuse that lit an ever-filling powder keg. 

Long Time Coming grapples with the cultural and social forces that have shaped our nation in the brutal crucible of race. In five beautifully argued chapters - each addressed to a Black martyr, from Breonna Taylor to Rev. Clementa Pinckney - Dyson traces the genealogy of anti-Blackness from the slave ship to the street corner where Floyd lost his life - and where America gained its will to confront the ugly truth of systemic racism. Ending with a poignant plea for hope, Dyson’s exciting new book points the way to social redemption. Long Time Coming is a necessary guide to help America finally reckon with race. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

“Antiracist demonstrations have been like love notes to the martyrs of racist terror and anti-Blackness. Michael Eric Dyson writes out these love notes in this powerfully illuminating, heart-wrenching, and enlightening book. Long Time Coming is right on time.” (Ibram X. Kendi, best-selling author of How to Be an Antiracist

“Crushingly powerful, Long Time Coming is an unfiltered Marlboro of Black pain.” (Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

"Michael Eric Dyson is one of the nation’s most thoughtful and critical thinkers in social inequality and the demands of justice. Long Time Coming, his latest formidable, compelling book, has much to offer on our nation’s crucial need for racial reckoning and the way forward." (Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy)

©2020 Michael Eric Dyson (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A Great History Lesson

Michael Eric Dyson, a very articulate, emphatic Scholar, by teaching us that Acknowledging Black Life is still a Long Time Coming, every young Black person should read.

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Great read!

Stirring reminder of the countless Black lives lost to the caste system which works to keep Black folk on the bottom. The toll that Blacks keep in their bones as they constantly work to rise above, while often having to educate, placate and navigate the dominant group. Indeed, it was a long time coming in getting us to 2020 and the events of this year, but yet there are glimmers of hope!

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nice education thank you

Michael narrates his own book with clarity and directness. Good source for a non minority to get introduced to 400 years of black experience in the USA.

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A Powerful Performance by Mr. Dyson

Long Time Coming is well written and sets the stage for more difficult discussions that need to be held in light of our Nation's current climate.

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Dedicatedly, Determined and Deep thought

This is a great book for any human being to gain a level of understanding and empathy for people of color. There is no question this book should be read over and over again to touch the unaware.

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Awesome

Powerful and easy to listen to. May be one of Dr. Dyson's best. Not a long book but full of relevant commentary about what is going on with social justice today.

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beautiful and informative

it is a unique talent to be able to capture both Beauty and pain in one sentence but this book accomplishes that and even though the hearts and minds of some may not change or may lack the interest in trying to change those of us with an open mind and a bigger heart that may read this book not to respond not to criticize but to listen and understand the spirits that this book speaks about are gone in the physical sense but they are not gone in reality the memories of these people and their stories live on and hopefully this will keep their names and limes in this world wonderful book even greater message thank you for writing this book it's not only appreciate it it's needed

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truth

Truth was told in everything he said Michael Eric Dyson tells it like it is every time

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This is a long time coming on race!

Dr. Dyson truly revealed some of the systemic issues that we are faced with today regarding race. He told the story as though he was talking to each of the victims while also portraying the issues of systemic racism and ways to overcome the issue that we all know is the big gorilla in the room.

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The true words that need to be heard, as we enter 2021.

Michael says the words, for our time, that need to be said. He says them with truth and sincerity. They are the words of a strong heart, a strong soul and a strong love and strong understanding of people.

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  • 09-13-21

Long Time Coming. Thank you Michael

As an indigenous person of New Zealand, a country that's remote and isolated from the rest of the world, and an descendant of a community with our own trauma, it was important to me to learn more about African American's. My part of the world, media is our main source of truth. Even now with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, I am piecing together an understanding from media. Michael Eric Dyson has given me the opportunity to understand the depth of his brothers and sisters sorrow, hurt and anger.
I am grateful and humbled by his gift of storytelling. From the tunnel vision lense that leads to police brutality, the history of white supremacy and the ignorance of cultural racism. All the while, making sure that those who died senselessly, their names and their memory will forever be remembered. Thank you Michael Eric Dyson.

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  • 04-22-21

Black Lives Matter

Dyson writes love letters to those who died at the hands of police, whether they be current or from long ago. They are utterly heartbreaking but are needed to keep their spirits alive, as well as continue to educate the white majority to stop these murders. Dyson also explores how cancel culture is rooted in white supremacy which is commonly unheard of, and of course, completely necessary. Black Lives Matter.