Dr. Cornel West and Bakari Kitwana on Dr. King, Jr.'s Beloved Community

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Carlin Commons - St. Ignatius College Prep.

2001 37th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94116

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A timely conversation between Dr. West and Mr. Kitwana on Democracy, Dr. King Jr's Beloved Community, and Contemporary Challenges.

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On the day following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Dr. Cornel West and Bakari Kitwana will present a keynote address on the topic, “The Beloved Community: King, Jr’s Vision, Democracy & Contemporary Challenges.” The program format will consist of a 45-60 discussion between Dr. West and Mr. Kitwana, followed by 15-20 minute Q/A with the audience.

Doors open at 6:00 pm and the presentation will begin at 7:00 pm.

Sponsored by St. Ignatius College Preparatory and The Urban School

Dr. Cornel West is a professor, philosopher, theologian, social justice activist and one of the country’s leading scholars on race. A prominent democratic intellectual emphasizing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, West is the New York Times best selling author of more than 20 books, including notable classics such as “Democracy Matters,” “Race Matters” and his memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.” At Harvard University, he serves as the Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy. He also has taught at Princeton, Union Theological Seminary, Yale and the University of Paris. The son of a Baptist minister, West graduated magna cum lade from Harvard in three years and obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Princeton. He is a frequent guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now! Additionally, West has produced three spoken word albums and considers his role in the public to bear witness to love and justice.

Bakari Kitwana is an internationally known cultural critic, journalist, activist, and thought leader in the area of hip-hop and Black youth political engagement. The Executive Director of Rap Sessions, which for the last fourteen years has conducted over 100 townhall meetings around the nation on difficult dialogues facing the millennial generation, Kitwana has been the Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine, the Editorial Director of Third World Press, and the co-founder of the National Hip-Hop Political Convention. The author of the groundbreaking 2002 book The Hip-Hop Generation, Kitwana is co-editor of the forthcoming Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government For the People and the collaborating writer for pioneering hip-hop artist Rakim’s new book Sweat The Technique: Revelations on Creativity From The Lyrical Genius. He was recently named the 2019-2020 Nasir Jones HipHop Fellow at Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

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2001 37th Ave

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