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Monday, 22 July 2013

Uninvited: Cornel West on What He Would He Say at 50th Anniversary of Ma...

Watch the full interview with Dr. Cornel West on Democracy Now! at http://owl.li/ncswd. Civil rights groups are gearing up for next month's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to one of the largest political gatherings in U.S. history. Dr. West shares what he would say to the anniversary gathering if he had been invited to speak. "I would say we must never tame Martin Luther King Jr. or Fannie Lou Hamer or Ella Baker or Stokely Carmichael," Dr. West. "We are going to focus on poor people, working people across the board."

Dr. West continues: "[Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.] would not be invited to the very march in his name, because he would talk about drones, he'd talk about Wall Street criminality, he would talk about working class being pushed to the margins as profits went up for corporate executives and their compensation, he would talk about the legacies of white supremacy. Do you think anyone at that march would talk about drones, and the drone president? Or do you think anyone at that march would talk about the connection to Wall Street?"

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