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June 2, 1953 (71)

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Cornel West is an American philosopher, theologian, political activist, social critic, actor, and public intellectual. Known for his work in the areas of race, gender, and class in American society, West is a prominent figure in contemporary philosophy, drawing from various intellectual traditions including Christianity, the black church, democratic socialism, and neopragmatism. His most influential books include “Race Matters” (1993) and “Democracy Matters” (2004). West has held professorships at several prestigious institutions and is a frequent commentator on politics and social issues.

West’s academic career is marked by his tenure at institutions such as Harvard University, Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College. His work as a professor and scholar has been influential in the fields of African American studies and religion. West is also known for his media presence, co-hosting the radio program “Smiley and West” with Tavis Smiley from 2010 to 2013, and for his appearances in films like “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.”

Throughout his career, West has collaborated with various intellectuals and public figures. He frequently engages in discussions with conservative intellectual Robert P. George, emphasizing the importance of liberal arts education, free speech, and civil dialogue. West’s partnerships extend beyond academia, as seen in his involvement in political activism and commentary. In 2020, he was recognized by Prospect magazine as one of the greatest thinkers for the COVID-19 era.

West’s contributions to philosophy, social criticism, and public discourse have been widely recognized. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including being named in Time magazine’s 2014 “100 Most Influential People” list. His presidential candidacy in the 2024 election as an independent candidate, after affiliations with the People’s Party and the Green Party, highlights his ongoing commitment to social and political activism.