Dr. Cornel West ends his 15-year tenure at Harvard University.
Harvard University staff have long lost a prominent voice in the black community as a progressive academic and activist. Dr. Cornel West announced his resignation from the prestigious institution.
This news came as no surprise because West said earlier this year that he would give up his desire to become a Harvard Divinity School graduate to rejoin the faculty of Union Theological Seminary.
Late on Monday, July 12, the 68-year-old academic posted on Twitter what he called “my sincere letter of resignation.”
Professor West, who taught at Harvard’s schools of law and theology, as well as its department of African and African American studies, said his colleagues were “paralyzed” by the university’s rejection of his position.
West’s resignation stems from Havard’s decision not to extend his tenure, citing his outspoken support for the Palestinian cause. Claiming that Harvard has “a very deep intellectual and spiritual bankruptcy.”
“We all knew that the lying reasons given had nothing to do with academic standards,” West said of Havard’s administration. “I knew that my academic achievements and the teaching of the students meant much less than their political biases.”
Harvard is now on the list with North Carolina of prestigious universities losing a powerful black voice. Recently, award-winning journalist and scholar Nikole Hannah, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her work on The New York Times“Project 1619” left UNC to join the Howard University faculty.