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Cornel West

Cornel WestAKA Cornel Ronald West

Born: 2-Jun-1953
Birthplace: Tulsa, OK

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Race Matters

Cornel West's family moved to Sacramento, California when he was three years old. When his third grade teacher tried to force Cornel to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, he punched the pregnant woman in the face. They expelled him. "He was very violent as a young kid," explained his brother Clifton. As a high schooler, Cornel was philosophically attracted to the Black Panthers, but couldn't join due to the Panthers' insistence on atheism.

Dr. West taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale Divinity School, and the University of Paris. Next he landed a gig as professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Harvard, then Princeton. West reads biblical Hebrew and Aramaic.

Somehow he got a role in both Matrix sequels.

Father: Clifton L. West
Mother: Irene Bias West
Brother: Clifton
Wife: (divorced)
Wife: (divorced)
Wife: Elleni Gebre Amlak
Son: Clifton Louis

    High School: John F. Kennedy High School, Sacramento, CA
    University: AB, Harvard University (1973, magna cum laude)
    University: MA, Princeton University (1975)
    University: PhD, Princeton University (1980)
    Professor: Union Theological Seminary
    Professor: Yale Divinity School

    Democratic Socialists of America Honorary Chair
    Expelled from School
    Civil Disobedience US Supreme Court, Washington, DC (arrested 16-Oct-2011)
    Unlawful Assembly Failure to disperse, Ferguson, MO (arrested 10-Aug-2015)
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer, Asthma, Smoking

    Occupy Unmasked (21-Sep-2012) · Himself
    GhettoPhysics (8-Oct-2010) · Himself
    Still Bill (15-Oct-2009) · Himself
    The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (9-Feb-2009)
    Street Fight (23-Apr-2005) · Himself
    The Matrix Revolutions (27-Oct-2003) · Councillor West
    The Matrix Reloaded (7-May-2003) · Councillor West

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Author of books:
Prophetic Fragments (1988)
Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life (1991, with bell hooks)
Keeping Faith: Philosophy and Race in America (1993)
Race Matters (1993)
Jews & Blacks: Let The Healing Begin (1995, with Michael Lerner)
Africa: The Art of a Continent (1996)
The Future of the Race (1996, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
Struggles in the Promised Land: Toward a History of Black-Jewish Relations in the United States (1997, with Jack Salzman)
Future of American Progressivism: An Initiative for Political and Economic Reform (1998, with Roberto Mangabeira Unger)
The African American Century (2000, with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
Democracy Matters: Winning the Fight Against Imperialism (2005)

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