One of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his "ferocious moral vision".
Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, West has received more than 20 honorary degrees. He burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his best-selling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, selling more than a half a million copies to date. West has published numerous books since, including Democracy Matters, in which he analyzed the arrested development of democracy both in America and in the crisis-ridden Middle East. Knuckle City Films intern team was able to capture some of his speech at the university of buffalo this month in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King.
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