Cornel R. West, a controversial Harvard University professor and progressive philosopher, has endorsed Lawrence Hamm for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination against Cory Booker.
“I endorse Lawrence Hamm for Senate in New Jersey with the belief that he is [the] very idea of the re imagining of this country we both love,” West said. “Brother Hamm will take the people onto the floor of the Senate and demand this country live up to the very premise of democracy and justice for all.”
West said he first met Hamm more than 20 years ago when he spoke at a meeting of the People’s Organization for Progress, a social justice advocacy group Hamm founded in 1983.
“Lawrence Hamm is a brother who has dedicated his life in the service of others steeped in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King., Jr.,” he said. “A life lived in service to the least and most vulnerable of us is a life worthy of honor; and one that gives us all hope for the future.”
West has some ties to New Jersey. He received his masters and doctoral degrees at Princeton University and remains a professor emeritus at Princeton.
Hamm and West played leading roles in Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and 2020 and both are working to help Sanders win additional delegates to the party’s national convention.
“I am humbled and encouraged by this recent endorsement from Dr. Cornel West, said Hamm. “He is a friend, a brother and a compatriot. His support deepens our stride, quickens our pace, and strengthens our resolve as we move ever forward.”
Hamm has been a presence on the left side of New Jersey politics since the 1970s, when he became a member of the Newark Board of Education as a teenager.
A former mayor of Newark, Booker is one of the three African Americans currently serving in the U.S. Senate, along with Kamala Harris (D-California) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina).