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Black prophetic fire / Cornel West ; in dialogue with and edited by Christa Buschendorf.

Author West, Cornel.


Physical Description:253 pages ; 24 cm

Note: ContentIntroduction: Why we need to talk about Black Prophetic Fire -- It's a Beautiful Thing to be on Fire : Frederick Douglass -- The Black Flame : W.E.B. Du Bois -- Moral Fire : Martin Luther King, Jr. -- The Heat of Democratic Existentialism : Ella Baker -- Revolutionary Fire : Malcolm X -- Prophetic Fire : Ida B. Wells -- Conclusion: Last words on the Black Prophetic Tradition in the Age of Obama.

Abstract:"Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers 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 Wells-Barnett. 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 finds that Douglass and, to some extent, Du Bois fall short of the high standards he holds them to, while King has been sanitized and even 'Santaclausified,' rendering him less radical. By providing new insights that humanize all of these well-known figures, West takes an important step in rekindling the Black prophetic fire so essential in the age of Obama"-- Provided by publisher.

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West, Cornel.
Subject: Personal Name
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 -- Political and social views.
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 -- Political and social views.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 -- Political and social views.
Baker, Ella, 1903-1986 -- Political and social views.
X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 -- Political and social views.
Wells-Barnett, Ida B., 1862-1931 -- Political and social views.
West, Cornel -- Interviews.
Subject: Topical Term
African Americans -- Biography.
Prophets -- Biography.
Revolutionaries -- Biography.