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Cornel West featured speaker during Black History Month

By Mackenzie Adelle Chenoweth, student writer


One of the nation’s most provocative political activists will be featured during Wingate University’s celebration of Black History Month in February. Cornel West will take part in a virtual question-and-answer session moderated by WBTV reporter Dedrick Russell. Set for Thursday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., Community Conversations with Dr. West will cover a range of topics and current events.

Professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and a Princeton University professor emeritus, West has authored 20 books, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters and Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, is a look at the legacies of African American leaders of the past two centuries. In it, West examines the storied lives of W.E.B Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker and others.

Long a crusader for social justice, West spent part of last year stumping for Bernie Sanders, traveling the country calling for an end to the Democratic Party establishment and what he calls the “neoliberal wing of the power elites, the ruling class.” He was scheduled to speak at Wingate in person last March, but the event was canceled when Covid-19 case-counts began to rise across the country.

During this month’s event, which is part of the University’s Lyceum program and is being hosted by Unity House Multicultural Center, West will address a range of topics, including race, class and how Americans can effectively overcome societal differences. Audience members will have a chance to ask questions as part of the Webinar session.

The Webinar link will be released closer to the event date. Contact Antonio Jefferson, director of Lyceum and Multicultural Programming, for details. Also, check out the complete Black History Month schedule of events at Wingate.

Feb. 1, 2021