Cornel West, the noted Princeton University professor, will be the first speaker in the second second of Philander Smith College's "Bless the Mic" lecture series, appearing at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the M.L Harris Auditorium.
The lectures, held monthly, are free.
West is considered one of America’s most gifted and provocative public intellectuals, West’s writing, speaking and teaching weaves together the traditions of the Black Baptist church, progressive politics and jazz. West, who graduated from Harvard in three years, magna cum laude, has published 17 books and edited 13 texts. His major bestseller, "Race Matters," analyzes the scars of racism and has sold more than 400,000 copies.
West is also the author of "Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism," and he addresses the controversial social and political issues of our day.
Anticipating a capacity crowd, Philander President Walter Kimbrough said the school will use the neighboring Wesley United Methodist Church for a simulcast of West's lecture.
Other speakers this season include former TV co-host A.J. Calloway, author Joan Morgan and hip-hop singer and actress M.C. Lyte. For more information, call 370-5279.