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Dr. Cornel West On 'Black Prophetic Fire'

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Dr. Cornel West.
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Are you caught in an egocentric predicament? You’ll be asked to consider such a question in this episode of Speakers Forum.

Dr. Cornel West speaks forcefully on a wide range of subjects including the struggle for truth and justice; political discourse and dysfunction; African American religious, cultural and music history; and the impact of the events in Ferguson, Missouri.

West is a prominent American philosopher, academic, activist and author. He is the bestselling author of “Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters.”

His latest book is “Black Prophetic Fire.” In it West explores the lives of six African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells.

West said the book “is really about a deep love for black people, a love of justice, but it’s connected to the four questions that Du Bois wrestles with. How does integrity face oppression? What does honesty do in the face of deception? What does decency do in the face of insult? And how does virtue meet brute force?”

West spoke at Town Hall Seattle on October 9 . This event was presented by Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series. The series is supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship is provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Thanks to Anna Tatistcheff for this recording.

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