Books and Breakfast Presents: The Radical King, edited and introduced by Cornel West

Join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center and the Desmond Tutu Center for a book discussion on Race and Activism.


A revealing collection that restores Dr. King as being every bit as radical as Malcolm X

‘The radical King was a democratic socialist who sided with poor and working people in the class struggle taking place in capitalist societies. . . . The response of the radical King to our catastrophic moment can be put in one word: revolution—a revolution in our priorities, a reevaluation of our values, a reinvigoration of our public life, and a fundamental transformation of our way of thinking and living that promotes a transfer of power from oligarchs and plutocrats to everyday people and ordinary citizens. . . . Could it be that we know so little of the radical King because such courage defies our market-driven world?’ —Cornel West, from the Introduction

All are welcome to this book discussion hosted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The discussion will include a large group dialogue about key ideas in the book and a video showing and activities for children.

When: Saturday, January 30th 9:00-11:00am 

Where: MLKCC, 40 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 

You can access the book through your local library (if available) or by purchasing the text.

If you are unable to access a copy of the book, download excerpts here.

Help your local community members by donating a book! The MLKCC accepts donations for the Books and Breakfast program to support program activities and access to books. Donate now.


Books and Breakfast is a Hands Up United Initiative

Guided by the Hands Up United Books and Breakfast Initiative, the MLKCC and DTC, with assistance from Butler University students, have created a free Saturday morning book club devoted to reading, dialogue, and community growth around important topics. Each month a new book and theme is introduced.

The goal of the program as facilitated by the MLKCC and DTC is to cultivate a space for community members to discuss issues around race, activism, justice, racism, revolution, etc. using captivating literature as the catalyst. By exposing the community to inspiring and invigorating books, the Books and Breakfast program hopes to ignite change in our local community. It is only with understanding, acceptance, and motivation from within that change in our community can begin to occur.

Enjoy a good breakfast, a good read, and a great opportunity to inspire change in our community.

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