Dr. Cornel West on Icons of African American History

A week after his arrest during protests in Ferguson, Dr. Cornel WestUnion Theological Seminary professor, and author of (in dialogue with and edited by Christa Buschendorf) Black Prophetic Fire (Beacon Press, 2014), talks about his latest work, a reexamination of the lives and legacies of leading black activists Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells – and what today’s civil rights activists need to remember about them.

This interview originally appeared on WNYC on October 21, 2014.

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