Dr. Cornel West to Keynote MPAC’s 11th Annual Convention Banquet

By: Marium Mohiuddin, MPAC

The Muslim Public Affairs Council is honored to announce that Dr. Cornel WestNew York Times bestselling author and progressive cultural icon, will give the keynote address at its 11th Annual Convention on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

MPAC is honored to have such a powerful philosopher and speaker join the lineup for the 11th Annual Convention. West has emerged as a thoughtful and thought-provoking leader with a long legacy of activism, justice and prominence in American culture and civil rights.

West has emerged as a thoughtful and thought-provoking leader with a long legacy of activism, justice and prominence in American culture and civil rights. In this year of critical change, MPAC is honored to be joined by a speaker who not only can speak about that change, but also has a long track record of working toward that change in America. Over his decades-long academic career and most recently in the Occupy Wall Street movement, West has given voice to the countless numbers of people who feel voiceless.

West is a prominent and provocative intellectual, who is a professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. The author of 19 books and editor of 13 books, West is best known for his classics“Race Matters” and “Democracy Matters,” as well as his new, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir.”

He appears frequently on the “Bill Maher Show,” “Colbert Report,” CNN and C-Span, as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He is also co-host of the popular radio show “Smiley & West” heard on PRI around the country. The “Smiley and West” radio show is a highly-acclaimed progressive program.

He made his film debut in the “Matrix,” and was also the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in more than 25 documentaries and films, including “Examined Life,” “Call & Response,” “Sidewalk and Stand.”

He also has made three spoken word albums, including “Never Forget,” collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s “Choices” (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s “Second Rome,” Raheem DeVaughn’s “Love & War: Masterpeace,” and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ “The Funk Capital of the World.”

In short, West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

MPAC’s 11th Annual Convention will focus on the Arab Spring and America’s role in this new era by engaging some of today’s greatest thinkers and activists. The convention will feature a dozen high-profile speakers who will explore the ramifications of the changing Muslim world, as well as nonviolent revolutions, foreign policy developments, toppled dictatorships and the evolving nature of the Arab Spring.

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