As of Monday afternoon, Sept. 30, Thursday’s lecture featuring Dr. Cornel West is sold out.
Philosopher, scholar, activist, historian, artist, and one of the world’s most thought-provoking public intellectuals of modern times, will be the keynote speaker at the 10th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 2:30pm, at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
From Stockton’s media release:
Dr. West frequently appears as a commentator on networks including CNN, MSNBC and PBS and programs such as Real Time With Bill Maher and The Colbert Report. He made his film debut in The Matrix and has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films. He can be heard weekly on his national public radio show with Tavis Smiley, “Smiley & West.”
He has written 19 books and edited 13 others. He is best known for his classic, Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and his 2009 memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
Dr. West is professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and has taught at Princeton, Harvard and Yale.
Public demand for tickets has been so great that the 2:30 p.m. event in the Performing Arts Center on Stockton’s main campus is sold out.
The program is sponsored by the college’s Africana Studies Program and the Unified Black Students Society.
“This year’s program, “Voice of Courage: The Enduring Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement,” continues our tradition of bringing informative educational programs to the college and the wider community, which speaks to the life and legacy of Mrs. Hamer,” said Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, Distinguished Professor of Social Work and Africana Studies.
Hamer was a civil rights activist who helped organize the Mississippi Freedom Summer voter registration drive for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1964. She also helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to oppose her state’s all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. Mrs. Hamer, who died in 1977, brought Mississippi’s civil rights struggle to the national stage during a televised speech at the convention.
Her speech galvanized millions of viewers, who heard how African-Americans were being denied the right to vote in various states through intimidation and illegal tests and poll taxes. As a result, two MFDP delegates were given the right to speak at the convention and the other members were seated as guests.