From Black Messiah to Black Lives Matter

Andrew Wilkes links the prophetic vision of Martin Luther King with the modern testimony of D'Angelo's latest album,”Black Messiah,”  to outline steps forward for the civil rights movement. - Ed.

 

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Professor Cornel West (C) along with clergy members and other demonstrators protest for the shooting of Michael Brown as they march to the Ferguson Police Station. Credit: Joshua Lott/AFP /Getty Images 


We want more than effective civilian review boards of police, more than body cameras, more than implicit bias training for local law enforcement. All of those things are necessary, but we also need the patient, persistent construction of equity. Our system of values in this country needs to change, and that will require more than a single policy measure.

Ferguson has served as a signature example of just how much moral work will be involved in building a better country.

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