Michael Eric Dyson, well-known academic and best-selling author who appears regularly on NPR and CNN, lectures on "Dr. King for the 21st Century" at 7 p.m. on Jan. 24 as the keynote speaker for the Claremont Colleges Martin Luther King Jr. celebration events. The talk will take place in Scripps College's Garrison Theater (231 E. 10th St., Claremont). This free event is open to the public.

Dyson, who has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine, is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner. A professor at Georgetown University, he has written numerous books, including the New York Times best-seller April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death and How It Changed America (Basic Civitas Books: 2008) and I May Not Get There with You: The True Martin Luther King Jr. (Free Press: 2001). In his most recent book, Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books: 2011), he probes contemporary topics such as race and the presidency.

An ordained minister, Dyson has taught at such prestigious universities as Brown, Chapel Hill and Columbia. He is a contributor at MSNBC and has appeared on The Today Show, Nightline, The Tavis Smiley Show, Real Time with Bill Maher and The Colbert Report. He earned both his master's and doctorate degrees in religion from Princeton University.

Pomona College is the founding member of the prestigious Claremont Colleges, a unique consortium of seven affiliated, autonomous institutions that also includes Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.