Fifty-seven years after the sit in movement began in Greensboro, North Carolina and swept across 55 cities in 13 states, the civil rights movement continues. But unfortunately, many in the United States believe the civil rights movement ended with Dr. Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech.
That is why we’ve decided to write this two part series and shine a light on some of the most important critical thinkers of today.
Tiq Milan is an advocate for both black and LGBT rights. He is also one of the most prominent black trans men in the media today. Throughout his career, Milan has served as an educator and writer. His pieces have appeared in publications like Ebony, BET, and The New York Times.
Like Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Milan has also become notable for the way he advocates for intersectionality while discussing matters of leadership, transgender rights, and racial justice.
Milan is also a founder of the Milan Media Arts Productions, which both creates content and consults for other production companies in order to create a more authentic narrative of queer peoples.
Dr. Cornel West has long been considered a leading thinker in the black community. He works at Harvard as a Professor of Practice of Public Philosophy, as well as holding the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.
West has written 20 books, including Race Matters in which he examines a host of issues ranging from the myth of black sexuality to the poor relations between Jewish people and African Americans. Of the four thinkers we have examined, West is likely the most familiar thanks to his numerous guest appearances on the Bill Maher Show, CNN, C-span, and more.
West is a major figure in leftist politics and has been critical of more centrist Democrats. He is aware of his own more extreme views and will use his beliefs to force people into confronting their unexamined biases on subjects such as race, gender, and class.
In his many motivational speeches, MLK outlined his dream for the United States. While that dream has yet to be realized, it is the thinkers we have listed here who will help to realize the promise of America as a nation with freedom and liberty for all.