Dr. Cornel West gave a keynote address at Ebenezer Baptist Church during the national observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday.
Atlanta (WiredPRNews.com) – Nationwide, rallies, parades, and other celebrations were held in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Princeton professor, Cornel West, who gave a keynote address on the 25th federal observance of the holiday, asked a crowd at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to remember King’s vitality and message in a non-sanitized way.
West is quoted by the AP as stating, “I don’t want to sanitize Martin Luther King Jr.… I don’t know about you, but I don’t even mention his name without shivering and shuddering.”
West is further quoted as advising individuals to hold Obama and the current administration accountable on social issues, “Even with your foot on the brake, there are too many precious brothers and sisters under the bus… Where is the talk about poverty? We’ve got to protect him and respect him, but we’ve also got to correct him if the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is going to stay alive.”
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