By Justin Lee
“To be human, you must bear witness to justice. Justice is what love looks like in public.”
These are the words from the renowned Dr. Cornel West, philosophy, professor, civil and human rights activist.
Dr. West wants to bring the community together and continue spreading the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, who he described in one of his essays as “courageous and compassionate” in his “grand fight against poverty, militarism, materialism and racism.”
On Monday, November 9th, there will be an opportunity to hear Cornel West’s words firsthand when the WNY Peace Center hosts its 53rd annual event, “An Evening With Cornel West ” at 7 p.m. live on Zoom. Along with Dr. West, there will also be a live Q&A, Virtual Silent Auction, and Basket Raffle.
For tickets and more information go to WNYPEACE.ORG or call (716)332-3904.
Coined a “provocative democratic intellectual,” Cornel West has taught at Yale, Harvard, the University of Paris, Princeton, and Union Theological Seminary. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his MA and PhD in philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently as a commentator on current issues on CNN, C-Span, and other national media outlets.
“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”, he has stated. Dr. West has expressed that he wants the community to flourish and has the people’s best interests at heart as he continues to fight for our rights. Whether it’s in his books or his spoken word albums he always discusses how he will never stop speaking the truth for the people
Another quote from Brother West: “None of us alone can save the nation or world. But each of us can make a positive difference if we commit ourselves to do so.” Utalizing the power we hold together instead of us fighting alone, he teaches, we make true change and bring light to the problems that face the community. Brother West hears our call for change and only wants to help us reach it.