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COMMUNITY INVITED TO A CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH HIDDEN BEACH RECORDING ARTIST DR. CORNEL WEST
Mark Hayes of “Good Day Atlanta” To Moderate Event With Discussions
From New CD Project Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations
Atlanta, Georgia – February 8, 2008— As Black History Month is a time to pay honor to African American achievers and trailblazers of the past and present, the Atlanta community is invited to a special evening with best-selling author, orator, and recording artist Dr. Cornel West. The event will take place on Monday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Morehouse College King Chapel located at 830 Westview Drive.
Dr. Cornel West’s third album project, Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations, under the Hidden Beach Forum label and produced by Mike Dailey and Clifton West of Black Men Who Mean Business, Sacramento-based writers and producers, will serve as the focal point of discussion at the event. West’s new CD project gives an explosive critique- addressing major issues such as racial profiling, politics, 9/11, war, and a litany of other concerns of not just Black people but America at large. Joining in the effort are Hip Hop and R&B heavy hitters like Prince, Andre 3000, Black Thought, Kanye West protégé’ Rhymefest, KRS-1, Talib Kweli, Dave Hollister, and the late Gerald LeVert, among others, who creatively share the mic on this musical collaboration.
“I am excited to be a part of this upcoming momentous event as we take time to reflect and celebrate while paying tribute to those African Americans who helped make a significant difference in our country,” stated Dr. Cornel West. “Because of the foundation laid through decades of sacrifice and contributions by our forefathers, I am afforded the opportunity to serve and make a difference as well.”
The event is presented by The Home Depot, which is celebrating its diversity with a series of events and programs for associates throughout the month. Other sponsors include Hidden Beach Recordings/Forum, Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Morehouse African American Studies Department.
“In light of Dr. Cornel West’s massive body of relevant work over the years and his recent CD release, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to show what Black History Month is all about,” said K. Michelle Sourie Johnson, director of supplier diversity, The Home Depot.
The event is free and open to the public for those who donate any new book relevant to black history and suitable for students K-5. Donated books will be distributed to local public schools.
About Dr. Cornel West
Dr. Cornel West is a professor of religion and African American studies at Princeton University and is considered one of America’s most gifted, provocative, and important public intellectuals. He has won numerous awards, including the American Book Award, and has received more than 20 honorary degrees. In his scholarly work, he has authored more than 17 books including the best-selling Race Matters which has sold nearly 400,000 copies to date and continues to influence a national dialogue on race. A political theorist who’s worked on presidential bids by Bill Bradley, Al Sharpton and now Barack Obama, West has also been involved with such projects as the Million Man March and Russell Simmon’s Hip Hop Summit. He continues to be an integral part of social change as well as a driving force in pop culture. He has appeared in both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions playing one of the elders, Councilor West while also providing philosophical commentary on all three Matrix films in The Ultimate Matrix Collection. He is a widely sought after public speaker, guest commentator on many national television programs and an integral part of social change in bringing back the essence of Black music with a ‘real’ purpose. He has, without question, earned his place in American history as one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time.
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