Friday, April 1, 2011

Dr. Manning Marable, R.I.P.


Manning Marable, celebrated Columbia University professor and top Civil Rights scholar, dies

By Corky Siemaszko
Friday, April 1st 2011, 6:38 PM
Columbia University professor Manning Marable, an expert on African-American history, died Friday just days before his long-awaited biography of Malcolm X is released.
In "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," the 60-year-old scholar was expected to identify an elderly Newark man as Malcolm's chief assassin, sources said.
Three other men were convicted of killing the civil rights firebrand in 1965.
"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.
Marable, director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia, had battled the lung disease sarcoidosis for a quarter century.
He underwent a double lung transplant last summer and appeared to be on the mend until he was hospitalized with pneumonia last month.
Born May 13, 1950 in DaytonOhio, Marable spent much of his life combating racism and chronicling the history of blacks in America.
A prolific writer, Marable wrote or edited nearly 20 books and scholarly anthologies and was the author of 275 academic articles.
Marable was also the prime mover in the "Amistad Project," a multimedia resource project designed to help teach African-American history in public schools.
His Malcolm X biography, published by Viking Press, will be released Monday.

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