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Black Prophetic Fire

Black Prophetic Fire by Cornel West and Christa Buschendorf
Oct 07, 2014 | 248 Pages
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“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

Table Of Contents

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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