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Cornel West










71 years





What makes Cornel West a Global Shaker? 

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr Cornel West is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual.

In 1970, West started attending Harvard University. Just three years later, he graduated magna cum laude with a major in near Eastern languages and civilization. West then enrolled at Princeton University. By 1980, he had earned both a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy from Princeton.

He is the first African American to graduate from Princeton with a PhD degree in philosophy.

He has gone on to become a Harvard and Princeton professor, a “New York Times” best-selling author, a national authority on race and a fierce advocate for the poor.

West has stated that he was greatly influenced by Malcolm X and the Black Panther movement during his studies at Harvard and Princeton, but as a Christian, he did not join the party on religious grounds.

He is an outspoken voice in left-wing politics in the United States, and as such has been critical of members of the Democratic Party, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Though he has written numerous books and articles that are widely references, such as Race Matters (1994), West is probably most well known as a political commentator, making frequent on TV, radio and late-night talk shows.

Interestingly, West has also appeared in two of the three “Matrix” films. Why? Well, he helped inspire them.

Also worth noting — West has produced three hip-hop/spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert.

West has publically endorsed Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and will join his 2020 campaign trail alongside Cardi B.

“You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.”
― Cornel West

Tags: Equality, identity, Philosophy, Race, USA

Last updated: November 21, 2019