Quote of the Day: Cornel West on Blues and Jazz

The academic on how these freestyle genres were created by an oppressed group.

Cornel West
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You can find this quote, and other quotes from Cornel West, in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the quote in its full context here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief ofThe Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.