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Dr. Cornel West Lecture

Object Details

Anacostia Museum
Scope and Contents
In coordination with the exhibition 'Speak to My Heart: Communities of Faith and Contemporary African American Life,' Dr. Cornel West spoke about the crisis in America as it relates to people who suffer, of all colors, of all faiths, and of all political persuasions. He stressed the importance of gathering community builders and provided guidance on 'reinventing ourselves, our public institutions and our communities.' West spoke of the truth or lack of truth in America; democracy in America; political and economic reform; and getting to the deep, hidden truths about America and its legacy, including white supremacy, male supremacy, wealth inequality. Specifically, he talked about how to restructure U.S. economy; the role of media and corporations; churches and faith-based communities; new social order; the loss, or lack, of dignity; and the Democratic Party's disconnect with the African American community. This lecture and conversation took place post-election cycle and a few weeks after the release of his and Roberto Unger's book, 'The Future of American Progressivism.'
Lecture/conversation. Audio only. Related to 'Speak to My Heart: Communities of Faith and Contemporary African American Life' exhibition. Dated 19981105.
2 Sound recordings (audio cassette)
Archival materials
Sound recordings
African Americans
Political science
Mass media
United States -- Politics and government
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Dr. Cornel West Lecture, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
ACMA.03-037, Item ACMA AV001924
Local Numbers
ACMA AV001925_A ACMA AV001925_B
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