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Former Harvard Professor Cornel West Announces Presidential Bid

June 6, 2023

A former Harvard professor is running for president of the United States.

Cornel West, who taught African American studies at Harvard from 1994 to 2002 and again from 2016 to 2021, is running as a member of the People’s Party, a left-wing minor political party.

“I come from a tradition where I care about you,” West said in his announcement video. “I care about the quality of your life. I care about whether you have access to a job with a living wage, decent housing, women having control over their bodies, health care for all, de-escalating the destruction of the planet.”

West, 70, has never held political office.


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