Cornel West

Utne Reader visionary [Originally published as Cornel West in the January-February 1995 issue of Utne Reader]

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A “vagabond public intellectual,” West his best-selling collection of essays, Race Matters and other books (Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life (written with bell hooks), Prophesy Deliverance!, An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity, and The American Evasion of Philosophy: A Genealogy of Pragmatism)has given the Baptist tradition a progressive, contemporary life. Long a professor of religion and director of Afro-American studies at Princeton, he is presently a professor of the philosophy of religion and Afro-American studies at Harvard.