“A specter of despair haunts America. Wealth inequality and class polarization are escalating. This bleak portrait is accentuated among African Americans. The fragile black middle class fights a white backlash. And the besieged black poor struggle to survive. Nearly thirty years after Dr. King’s murder, black America sits on the brink of collective despair.” West spoke at Roxbury Community College, a largely black school in a poor area just outside of Boston.
Recorded at Roxbury Community College.
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.