Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day off for many from work, but that doesn't mean turning off the brain. At Dillard University, a pair of African American intellectual dynamos will appear to speak on King's legacy, and poverty in the U.S. Talk show host Tavis Smiley and Princeton academic Cornel West will speak at the Historically Black university in a free event.
Cornel West & Tavis Smiley on their Poverty Tour
Smiley hosts a PBS show and a radio talk show and is never afraid to speak his own opinion on matters concerning the African-American community. West is professor emeritus at Princeton University, and is the author on 20 books including the classic "Race Matters." He also appears frequently on television, proffering opinions on Real Time with Bill Maher, the Colbert Report and more.
Smiley has dubbed poverty "the new slavery." During the election season, the two sought to bring attention to poverty in America through The Poverty Tour 2.0: A Call to Conscience, and called for the issue to be discussed during the presidential debates.
Source: NOLA Defender