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Civil rights expert, bestselling author to speak at WVU Hardesty Festival of Ideas

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Eddie Glaude Jr. will speak as part of the Hardesty Festival of Ideas. (Submitted photo)

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WHAT: West Virginia University Hardesty Festival of Ideas, co-sponsored by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

WHO: Eddie Glaude Jr. civil rights expert, bestselling author

WHEN: Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Ming Hsieh Hall, Room G20, 765 College Ave., Morgantown

NOTES: Glaude is an author, political commentator and educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience and has been praised as one of the nation’s most prominent scholars. His writings include “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul,” “In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America,” and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own.”

This lecture will examine the critical juncture in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in which he and James Baldwin were desperately trying to re-narrate the civil rights movement and change the consciousness of America.

“We long for a Dr. King or an Abe Lincoln, because we don’t see our own capabilities as being sufficient,” Glaude has said. “History converged in a way that called Dr. King forward, and he answered the call. That can happen with anybody. We don’t need another Martin Luther King. We need everyday, ordinary people. We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.”

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