Prophetic Fire Thesis

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Analytical Essay Cornel West Black Prophetic Fire The memorable acts of some African American leaders of the Past still have a great deal of relevance today. The book Cornel West Black Prophetic Fire discusses some of the changes each leader has made in history and how they paved the way for the future. In Chapter three Cornel West speaks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr... Quoted from Martin Luther King, “I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to identify with the poor, I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity.[…] This is the way I’m going, If it means suffering a little bit, I’m going that way. If it means sacrificing, I’m going that way. If it means dying for them, I’m going that way, because I heard a voice saying, “Do something for others.” “Let us march on poverty,” King Suggested in 1965 (pg.66). This quote was so important because Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived up to the words he had spoken, and his quote is suitable for today’s poverty crisis worldwide. It seems as if the rich are staying rich and the poor are getting poorer, and even deeper into poverty. If those who are less fortunate had a leader or voice to advocate for them then maybe the poverty level would not be so high especially in urban and rural communities in today’s present time. Martin Luther King died a leader for the less fortunate and equal rights. Although his form of leadership and the rise up of African Americans as a whole was from the non-violent aspect, in reference to today’s issues in the urban and rural communities and among African Americans, perhaps they have forgotten or no longer have as much faith in his method of non-violence. Especially because of the things going on in Ferguson Missouri, the wrongful deaths in black youths, and the militarism displayed by police officers in today’s society. Cornel
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