Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African Americans leaders and their visionary legacies .

Product Code: 6449
ISBN: 9780807018101
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 09/01/2015
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In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines. West finds that Douglass and, to some extent, Du Bois fall short of the high standards he holds them to, while King has been sanitized and even "Santaclausified," rendering him less radical. By providing new insights that humanize all of these well-known figures, West takes an important step in rekindling the Black prophetic fire so essential in the age of Obama.


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Introduction: Why We Need to Talk About Black Prophetic Fire

One: It's a Beautiful Thing to Be on Fire-Frederick Douglass

Two: The Black Flame-W. E. B. Du Bois

Three: Moral Fire-Martin Luther King Jr.

Four: The Heat of Democratic Existentialism-Ella Baker

Five: Revolutionary Fire-Malcolm X

Six: Prophetic Fire-Ida B. Wells

Conclusion: Last Words on the Black Prophetic Tradition in the Age of Obama

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Celebrated intellectual and activist Cornel West offers an unflinching look at nineteenth- and twentieth-century African Americans leaders and their visionary legacies.

In an accessible, conversational format, Cornel West, with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. West examines the impact of these men and women on their own eras and across the decades. He not only rediscovers the integrity and commitment within these passionate advocates but also their fault lines. West finds that Douglass and, to some extent, Du Bois fall short of the high standards he holds them to, while King has been sanitized and even "Santaclausified," rendering him less radical. By providing new insights that humanize all of these well-known figures, West takes an important step in rekindling the Black prophetic fire so essential in the age of Obama.

Lively, heated, fighting words..." -Kirkus Reviews
"[West's] mini-lectures, which frequently run uninterrupted for pages at a time, and Buschendorf's instructive set-ups for them...convey a wealth of information." -Publishers Weekly
"A fascinating exploration of the black prophetic genius and fire of Douglass, Du Bois, King, Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells, this book reminds us what true leadership, sacrifice, and courageous, inspirational truth-telling looks like and why it is so urgently needed in the quest for justice today." -Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
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