When he was younger, Dr. West read how Roosevelt overcame his asthma, went to Harvard and went on to become a great speaker. So, at eight years old, despite being ignorant to the ideal of higher education, Dr. West decided he would go to Harvard.
He was able to accomplish this amazing feat; he graduated magna cum laude in a mere three years. He later taught religion and directed the Afro-American Studies Department at Princeton prior to joining the Harvard faculty in 1994 and returned to the Princeton Department of Religion in 2002.
A prolific writer and lecturer, Dr. West has won numerous awards including, the American Book Award, and received more that 20 honorary degrees. A true champion for the oppressed and downtrodden, Dr. West's teaching, speaking and writing draws inspiration from various avenues and weaves together jazz, hip hop, R&B, core Christian values, radical democracy and melanated prophetic traditions.
His best-selling book, Race Matters, really changed to course of American dialogue on justice and race. His first scholarly book Prophesy Deliverance! An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity, sought to combine Marxism and Religion. Overall, Dr. West has made numerous intellectual contributions to our body of knowledge, which draw from the Baptist Church, Pragmatism and more.
HBD Cornell West!