Wednesday, November 30, 2011

UPlift: Meeting the Legend-Dr.Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West came to the University of Michigan last night. He spoke very candidly about race matters (pun intended) in the US and internationally. The theme was "Making Race Heard" which was perfect for the present political climate the OCCUPY movement has created. The economic disparities that have gained so much attention effect Black and Brown communities disproportionately, and although Dr.West wasn't sure where the movement is going next, he is sure it will be a movement of great proportion on a global level. 

The BEST advice that I heard from this genius of a speaker was to "be an example". Students who asked him questions and had dialogue with him were frustrated by the injustices they've witnessed. His advice was reassuring, hopeful, eloquent and humorous; the underlying answer for each question was to be an example. To show people how easy it is to do what's right, and fight for what's right. Doing anything but is cowardice according to West and I agree 100%. 

I love this man's spirit. So inspiring! Personally I am going to make a conscious effort to walk my own path in the fight for justice and equality. Whether or not it's popular or in style. That comes with self-discovery. As we all continue to grow, strive to keep sacred those virtues and morals that align with our belief system. That's the challenge in life in my opinion. Can we be moved and easily influenced by fleeting pleasures and distractions, or are we steadfast in the war that's been declared on freedom, equality and justice?

Pic: Right before he pulled out his pick and fluffed that Afro out. I promise you I love this man and I hope to speak extensively with him and be mentored by him one day!

Shout-out to his security guard, the BRUHZ! :)

Peace & Blessings,

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