I went to a lecture last night at Stanford as part of a series of lectures that the Stanford Muslim Students Association is putting on. Despite the rain, I still decided to go to because I had read the speaker’s book and since I really liked it, I wanted to hear him speak.
While his speech was good enough, it wasn’t what I was expecting. Not because he went off topic or he didn’t have anything interesting to say, but because he didn’t sound like how I thought he would. I was expecting someone with a formidable voice, one that was dripping with authority.
Instead. . . not so much.
I have to admit, it threw me off for a bit and it took me a while to focus on his talk.
That’s what happened the first time I heard Cornel West speak (in a video) – he didn’t sound like how I thought he would sound.