Get to Know Cornel West

Cornel West is widely recognized as one of the most important and provocative public intellectuals of our time. A prolific writer and lecturer, West is Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

A champion for the oppressed, West's writing, speaking and teaching draw inspiration from and weave together the Christian and Black prophetic traditions, radical democracy and jazz, R&B and hip hop.

His book, Race Matters, changed the course of America's dialogue on race and justice. Cornel West's latest book, Black Prophetic Fire, has just been published in October 2014.

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Cornel West on Missouri: "Obama reeks of political calculation not moral conviction"—BBC Newsnight