Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America

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With Cornel West, nine of America's most influential artists, scholars, and public figures -- Maya Angelou, Bill Bradley, Harry Belafonte, Patricia Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Anna Deveare Smith, James Washington, James Forbes, and Haki Madhubuti -- explore the origins of their political awareness, the relationship between art and politics, and the possibility of hope among African-Americans today. Defining the crucial issues of our times, they offer a transformative vision of the next century for black and white Americans alike.

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West was justly praised for his provocative study Race Matters (1993), an exploration of the nature of racial discourse in contemporary America. Those looking for the same kind of probing and original ... Read full review

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How is hope created and maintained? In his Race Matters (LJ 3/15/93), West said that there was an "eclipse of hope and the collapse of meaning in much of black America." With this book he returns to ... Read full review

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Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

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