Our Far-Flung Alumni: Manning Marable (’71)

April 2, 2011

Yesterday, Manning Marable (EC ’71) passed away in New York City, apparently of pneumonia, just 60 years of age.  A Professor at Columbia University, he was one of the towering figures in African-American  history.  He grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and received his B.A. at Earlham before going on to further education at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland.

Ironically, his next book, Malcolm X: A Life of Re-Invention, will be published on Monday by Viking.  It will provide an important and strikingly different account of Malcolm X. (A short excerpt is here.)

He was a passionate, broad-thinking intellectual, and a prolific writer. He was also a wonderful friend of Earlham, someone who returned often to speak and to share his insights with students.  His last visit to the college was to deliver a Convocation address on September 17, 2007, after which we posted an alumni spotlight piece on our website.

The New York Times obituary is here.  The Los Angeles Times obituary is here.  An appreciation from Michael Eric Dyson is here.  A 2007 podcast from Democracy Now!, on his forthcoming book on Malcolm X, is here.

We have lost a great scholar and public intellectual.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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