Cornel West’s Sound of Black Tour Comes to UT on March 4

KNOXVILLE — Author and orator Cornel West and his colleagues in Black Men Who Mean Business will perform and lead a discussion at the University of Tennessee on Tuesday, March 4, as part of the “Sound of Black Tour.”

Black Men Who Mean Business recently released a CD project called “Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations,” which addresses issues such as racial profiling, politics, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and war.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. Doors open at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

A reception and CD signing will be held afterward in the University Center Ballroom.

The evening is sponsored by the Black Cultural Programming Committee, the Hodges Better Fund of the UT Department of English and the UT Department of Philosophy.

West is a professor of religion and African-American studies at Princeton University. He has written more than 17 books including “Race Matters,” and he has helped influence the national dialogue on race.

Black Men Who Mean Business also includes Mike Dailey and Clifton West. Dailey, a veteran of the music industry, is the writer and co-producer of “Never Forget: A Journey of Relevations.” Clifton West is the brother of Cornel West and also is a writer and producer.

The CD is a collaboration with hip-hop and R&B artists Andre 3000, Black Thought, Rhymefest, KRS-1, Talib Kweli, Prince, Dave Hollister and Gerald LeVert, among others.

On Tuesday, Black Men Who Mean Business will perform selections from the CD, discuss the songs’ meanings and finish with a forum and Q&A session.

For more information and disability accommodations, contact the Black Cultural Center at (865) 974-4738.


Contacts:

Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@tennessee.edu

Rhea Kinnard, Kinnard & Associates, (615) 941-8396 or (615) 400-6125

Chutney Walton, Black Cultural Programming Committee, (865) 974-9945