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Black Prophetic Fire

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780807018101
Author(s): Cornel West
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: Beacon Press
Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 20 (w x l x h)
Pages: 264

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An unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies. In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. In dialogue with Buschendorf, West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines. West, in these illuminating conversations with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf, describes Douglass as a complex man who is both 'the 'towering Black freedom fighter of the nineteenth century and a product of his time who lost sight of the fight for civil rights after the emancipation. He calls Du Bois undeniably the most important Black intellectual of the twentieth century and explores the more radical aspects of his thinking in order to understand his uncompromising critique of the United States, which has been omitted from the American collective memory. West argues that our selective memory has sanitized and even Santaclausified Martin Luther King Jr., rendering him less radical, and has marginalized Ella Baker, who embodies the grassroots organizing of the civil rights movement. The controversial Malcolm X, who is Please click here to ask a question
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