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Civil rights activist Cornel West brings his message to Gainesville

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Civil rights activist and author Cornel West speaking Friday at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville (photo by Kelsey Diaz)” credit=” 

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A nationally known activist and academician, speaking in Gainesville today, stopped by the Bo Diddley Plaza to lend support to members of the Occupy movement.  Cornel West, who will speak tonight at University of Florida, offered his support to those downtown.

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Civil rights activist West, a professor at Princeton University, listened to the concerns of some of the other speakers at the rally.

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Full speech from Cornel West at the Bo Diddley Plaza in downtown Gainesville Friday afternoon :

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West and broadcaster Tavis Smiley were in Gainesville on their tour to raise consciousness about poverty. They spoke at the Bob Graham Center at Pugh Hall at the University of Florida at Friday evening.

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