I'd like to thank my wonderful editor at Addison-Wesley, Liz Maguire, without whose brilliance, insight, sharp analysis, and timely questions this book would not be! She shares, and supports, my intellectual and spiritual vision of the world. (Love ya, Liz.) I'd also like to express profound thanks to Mark Corsey, a very gifted editor and jack of all literary trades whose close reading of this book has made it stronger and tighter. I also thank Tracey George for her expertise and sweet spirit, brother Albert DePetrillo for his kindness, and the A-W staff for their tremendous support. I want to thank as well my supportive colleagues at UNC Chapel Hill's Department of Communication Studies. Y'all have been great!
I'd also like to thank my mother Addie Dyson, and my nieces Brianna, KaTasha, Toccaira, Kayla, Charmaine and Brittany, and my nephew Everett, for all your love and support. I'd also like to thank my in-laws, Rosa and Dr. Matthew Smith, for your love and encouragement. And to my children Mike II, Maisha, Mwata, and Jennifer (welcome to the family), thank you all for your love and encouragement.
I'd like to thank my beautiful, brilliant teacher Lola Black, who taught me French and gave me love and a sense of my worth as a budding scholar and intellectual. I'd also like to thank my other teachers: Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Harvey, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Reed, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Click (to whom I owe great love and gratitude), Mr. Ewing, Mr. Cleveland, Mrs. Sutton, Mrs. Ray, Mr. Rogers, Mr. Jellife, Mr. and Mrs. Dagbovie, Mr. Low, and the lovely, talented Jewell Rogers.
I'd like to thank Dr. William Epps, Rev. Gerald Adams, and Rev. R. Michael Winters and Second Baptist Church, LA; Dr. Frank Thomas and New Faith Baptist Church, Matteson, Illinois; Dr. Joseph Roberts and Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta; and Dr. Henry Williamson and Carter Temple CME Church, Chicago, for their support, love, and inspiration. I'd also like to thank Leo and Cindy Rosenberg, for their precious friendship, extraordinary love, and incredible suuport. And I'd like to thank Laura Murphy, Madeleine Rabb, and your entire family for your extraordinary love, support, and generosity to me. I love you madly.
I want to thank as well my precious sister and brother, Joann Mitchell and Bob Bright. Your love and support have meant more to me than you can ever know. I love you with all my heart. I'd also like to thank my beautiful, wonderful, dear, dear friend, Sharon Elaine Kirkland, whose empathy, counseling, love--and pork chops--have nurtured me for many years. To D. Soyini Madison, my precious, precious friend, brilliant colleague, seer, mystic, and hermit, too, thanks for your expert reading and criticism of this book. I'd also like to thank my wonderful, special friend Danny Howard (and Nenaji) for his love and tremendous support. And I'd like to thank our extraordinary friends Rick and C.T. Powell for their matchless love, sweet spirits, and soul-saving friendship.
And finally, but certainly not least, I want to thank Marcia Louise Dyson, my wonderful, lovely, and long-suffering (!!!) wife. Thanks for putting up with my crankiness, grouchiness, and long, long hours in the study while I completed this book. Without you, this book couldn't have been done. Period. I love you.