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The Influence of the African American Church on Contemporary Politics with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Clarke

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Interview with the Reverend Dr. Kenneth Clarke, Chaplain of Cornell University We had a fascinating discussion with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Clarke today. He gave us a glimpse into African American Religious History and those who have influenced his life. Dr. Clarke is a prolific scholar and theologian and serves as a great model of how to bridge the gap between the pulpit and the public sphere. He was influenced by the likes of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Samuel Dewitt Proctor, and Howard Thurman. During the interview Dr. Clarke revealed an interesting aspect of the prophetic legacy of the African American church which led us to the controversial figure, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, who we all know was the famed former Pastor of President Barack Obama. We can see that this legacy of the prophetic, speaking to the ills and injustices of society from a authoritative stance has influenced our new President. We can be encouraged that faith definitely plays a vital role in our present world. You dont want to miss this show.

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