Cornel West to speak at Rockefeller Chapel on Feb. 1

Public intellectual and activist Cornel West will deliver the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture Annual Public Lecture at 2 p.m. in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Feb. 1. The event is free and open to the public.

West will discuss his new book, The Radical King, an edited anthology of Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings. West highlights King’s antiwar stance, his defense of the poor, his support for labor movements, and his opposition to global imperialism as evidence that King was a far more radical figure than is acknowledged today. “This book unearths a radical King that we can no longer sanitize,” West writes.

West is a professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and professor emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of 20 books, including Race Matters, Democracy Matters, the memoir Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, and most recently, Black Prophetic Fire.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement’s UChicago Engages series, the Seminary Co-op Bookstore and Beacon Press. Attendees can follow the conversation at #CornelUChi.