Dr. Cornel West Celebrates Black History Month at IU

A renowned speaker and civil rights activist visited IU last night to celebrate Black History Month.

A renowned speaker and civil rights activist visited IU last night to celebrate Black History Month. Spectators filed into the IU Auditorium to see the man the New York Times refers to as having “ferocious moral vision.”  Students, community members, and even professors were excited to hear what the distinctive “Racial Matters” author had to say about the economic turmoil.

“Right now, we have to solve these crises in terms of war, in terms of financial catastrophe and in terms of the wealth of the greed running amongst especially at the top,” says West. “He’s got to hit all three at the same time. We have to help him do it, we have to do it as a nation, we have to do it as fellow citizens, but I think if we have enough courage we can make significant progress.”

Patience seared across the crowd of people as they waited in line for their chance to meet Dr. Cornel West as he engaged in conversation with students, explaining the importance of diversity, and celebrating the progress accomplished with Obama’s presidency.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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