Michael Eric Dyson
Come Hell or High Water by Michael Eric Dyson

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson has again placed his hand between the flint and the stone. In his latest book, Come Hell or High Water, the “hip-hop intellectual” champions the issues plaguing the disenfranchised in America.

Dyson recently appeared on a wide array of local and national television and radio programs with his New York Times best seller Is Bill Cosby Right?, but never before has there been a subject closer to Dyson’s heart than what happened to the black poor in New Orleans following the emotional, economic and cultural devastation that was Hurricane Katrina.

Stories about Katrina victims continue to make headlines today for good reason: the victims of Katrina are still suffering and in desperate need of help and attention, but have no voice. Dyson comes to their aid by giving them a passionate voice—a voice during a time when the government and many Americans have seemingly forgotten that race and class continue to divide the United States.

Michael Eric Dyson
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About the Author

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Is Bill Cosby Right?, The Michael Eric Dyson Reader, Open Mike; Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur; Why I Love Black Women; I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.; Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line; Between God and Gangsta Rap; Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X; and Reflecting Black. He is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia.