Manning Marable

Prof. Manning Marable’s untimely death, on the eve of the publication of his biography of Malcolm X, is a great loss for the academy and far beyond.   Gracefully, forcefully combining scholarship, activism and public intellectual contributions, Marable was a key player in his field for decades.  He accepted and used the contributions of Black Feminist thought in his work – an ally to be reckoned with. Click here for everything on that he authored.  These thoughts about Marable, posted by Michael Eric Dyson at The Root, speak to one of the many ways that Marable built his legacy:

….Marable nurtured and guided a veritable tribe of graduate students and junior professors as they sought sure footing in the academy. He was generous with his time and insight; he had a real talent for spotting rising stars, and a genius for tutelage and inspiration, with either a bon mot if time was short or a hearty, dynamic, luxurious, sprawling conversation when you were blessed to find his inner circle.

Lucky Columbia students and alumni can take this e-seminar, Life after Death: Malcolm X and American Culture.  Taught by: Manning Marable, free.  Look at #2 on the outline.


1. Too Black, Too Strong: Biographical Background of Malcolm X as a Black Cultural Icon
2. (En)gendering Blackness: Black Women, Black Masculinity, and the Image of Malcolm X
3. House Negroes vs. Field Negroes: Malcolm X, Intellectuals, and the Black Middle Class
E-Seminar Description






This e-seminar treats the image of slain civil-rights leader Malcolm X after his death by focusing on the popular view of his life and his treatment by historians and scholars. A generation after his assassination Malcolm X’s image and historical reputation have been profoundly transformed. Most historians of the black experience now rank Malcolm X among the half-dozen or so most influential personalities in African American history. Malcolm X’s The Autobiography is one of the top ten best-selling nonfiction works of the twentieth century, according to Time magazine. Nearly 3,000,000 copies of this book have been sold. The essential question of this e-seminar is: How has the legacy of Malcolm X been portrayed in the popular imagination and analyzed in scholarly publications and broadcasts?

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