The noted activist, author and academic Cornel West will join protesters in Gainesville later this month as part of a nationwide push-back against the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision to allow corporations and labor unions to give unlimited amounts of money to politicians.

West, a professor of African American studies at Princeton University, will speak on the Bo Diddley Community Plaza, the home of the Occupy Gainesville presence, at 1 p.m. on Jan. 20.

Later, West and PBS host Tavis Smiley will speak on the University of Florida campus as part of their “Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience.” They will focus on “poverty, income inequality and homeless families,” said Jeremy Berry, a managing partner at Los Angeles-based High Quality Speakers Bureau, which handles their engagements. The event at UF is being sponsored by UF’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service and will be held at Pugh Hall at 6 p.m. Read more.

By Chad Smith
Staff writer
Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 6:14 p.m.