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Reverend Marcia Dyson

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pale Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni And Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Haiti
Favorite Quote:
I Am My Sister's Keeper.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Activist
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pale Blue
Favorite Food:
Macaroni And Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Haiti
Favorite Quote:
I Am My Sister's Keeper.

Birthplace

Born:
10/29/1951
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Civic activist and public relations expert Marcia L. Dyson was born on October 29, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Arthur J. Dixon Elementary School and Bowen High School in Chicago, Illinois. Dyson received her B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Illinois in 1983, and went on to complete the University of Chicago Executive Business program.

In 1973, Dyson was hired as a teacher at the Holy Angels School in Chicago, Illinois. She then worked as an external auditor for James Fields CPA. From 1980 to 1982, Dyson served as the first chief of staff for Reverend Jesse Jackson, Jr.’s Operation Push International Trade Bureau. She then briefly served as Black Family Magazine’s community relations director before establishing Marcia L. Dyson Public Relations in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, Dyson worked as an account executive for Aaron Cushman. She was then named senior manager for Margie Korshak Associates in 1985, and then worked as senior vice president of R. J. Dale Advertising and Public Relations from 1987 until 1990.

In 1990, Dyson was hired as the public information officer for the Mayor's Office of Special Events for the City of Chicago, where she hosted foreign dignitaries and served as the liaison to the Illinois Tourism Board, McCormick Authority Convention Center Board, Illinois Film Office and Chicago's religious community. In 1992, Dyson co-founded and served as president and CEO of M and M Dyson, LLC, an international consulting firm. She also founded Women’s Global Initiative, a for-profit organization that works to enhance the lives of women. In addition, Dyson became an ordained minister in 1999.

Dyson served as a presidential scholar at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina; was a social justice think tank executive board member for Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas; and served as an advisor to Howard University’s international programs. She has also contributed to Essence magazine, New Deal 2.0, The Grio, The Root and Huffington Post online media, and has been a reoccurring political strategist on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir Show.

Dyson was selected to serve on the Women’s Global Summit Leadership board, and co-hosted the Africa’s First Ladies Summit in the Washington, D.C. area. She also helped create a Modern Narrative for Muslim Women. Dyson was named the first Chaplain for the Coalition of Hope, and has been an executive advisor and consultant to the Conference of Black Mayors. She was also a consultant to the Clinton Foundation on behalf of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC). Dyson served as a board member of Nap Advanse (We Advance), and has also been a member of many women's organizations, including the Black Women's Round Table, Face to Face, and the Middle East Peace Civic Forum.

She has received numerous awards, including a Unita Award from the National Conference of Black Mayors; the U.S. Coast Guard’s Citizens Award; an Appreciation Award from the Institute for Diversity-Health; and a Humanitarian Award from the Global Institute.

Dyson is married to Michael Eric Dyson. They reside in Washington, D.C.

Marcia L. Dyson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 21, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her mother's move to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her mother's marriages
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers living in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Marcia Dyson lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers living in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes the Chatham community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her involvement with black militant organizations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her experiences at Arthur Dixon Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers Hirsch High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Marcia Dyson recalls her experiences at James H. Bowen High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her motivation to join the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her interest in math and science
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about the Black Peoples Topographical Research Centers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Marcia Dyson recalls her decision to leave the Black Peoples Topographical Research Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about the legacy of the Black Peoples Topographical Research Centers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers teaching at the Holy Angels Catholic School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about the Communiversity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Marcia Dyson recalls joining the Operation PUSH International Trade Bureau
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her decision to leave Operation PUSH
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her exploration of religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Marcia Dyson recalls her start in the public relations field
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her experiences at Margie Korshak and Associates
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Marcia Dyson recalls working on Harold Washington's first mayoral campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon Harold Washington's mayoralty, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon Harold Washington's mayoralty, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers attending the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her time at R.J. Dale Advertising and Public Relations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers working with Mayor Richard M. Daley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers meeting her husband, Michael Eric Dyson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her marketing activities for Barack Obama and Michael Eric Dyson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Marcia Dyson recalls her activism in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her experiences in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her introduction to racial violence in the South
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Marcia Dyson recalls serving on the executive committee of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her move to New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers writing about sexual exploitation in black religious communities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon her interest in black spirituality
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her writing and speaking engagements in the early 2000s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes the Coalition of Hope Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers her advocacy for the victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Marcia Dyson remembers founding the Women's Global Initiative
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon her support for Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about the response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon the importance of local politics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her work with the African First Ladies Initiative
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her role in the Middle East Peace Working Group
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes the focus on entrepreneurship at the Women's Global Initiative
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about the World Leaders Forum Dubai
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Reverend Marcia Dyson talks about her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - Reverend Marcia Dyson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 13 - Reverend Marcia Dyson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Reverend Marcia Dyson narrates her photographs