Dr. Cornel West   ̶  professor, philosopher, theologian, social justice activist and one of the country’s leading scholars on race   ̶ will deliver “The Fight for the Soul of America,” the first lecture of the University of Montana’s 2019-20 President’s Lecture Series.

A prominent democratic intellectual emphasizing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, West is the New York Times best selling author of more than 20 books, including notable classics such as “Democracy Matters,” “Race Matters” and his memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.”

At Harvard University, he serves as the Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy. He also has taught at Princeton, Union Theological Seminary, Yale and the University of Paris.

The son of a Baptist minister, West graduated magna cum lade from Harvard in three years and obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from Princeton. He is a frequent guest on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” CNN, C-Span and Democracy Now!

Additionally, West has produced three spoken word albums and considers his role in the public to bear witness to love and justice.

West will present his lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at The Wilma in downtown Missoula. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.