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The Radical Democratic Tradition

Program #WESC002. Recorded in Portland, OR on October 27, 1995.

Throughout history there have been individuals who have challenged conventional wisdom and have stretched societal limits. Collectively they constitute the radical democratic tradition. A sterling example of this lineage is Rosa Parks. By her simple act of courage and defiance she triggered the Montgomery bus boycott which in turn sparked the civil rights movement.

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Cornel West

Cornel West has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Yale and the University of Paris. He is now teaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has been called "the preeminent African American intellectual of his generation." With his preacher-like cadences and passionate delivery, he is much in demand as a speaker. Among his many books are Race Matters, The Rich and the Rest of Us and Black Prophetic Fire.

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