Friday, April 1, 2011

Manning Marable has died

Civil Rights historian Manning Marable, died today at the age of 60, the Los Angeles Times and other sources report.  His "long-awaited biography of Malcolm X, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," will be published on Monday."

Manning Marable by David Shankbone
I have benefited greatly from Marable's scholarship, and have often assigned chapters from his book Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction in Black America, 1945-1990.

Tributes and more details appear at The Root and  NPR BlogFrom the New York Daily News:
"He would want to be remembered for being both a scholar and an activist and as someone who saw the two as not being separated," Manning's widow, Leith Mullings Marable, told The Root, an online magazine.
Fellow historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad called the Marable's biography Malcolm X his "crowning achievement."

It is "the culmination of over 20 years of research and writing," he said.