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Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America's Racial Future
Are the stars of the Civil Rights firmament yesterday’s news? In Living Black History scholar and activist Manning Marable offers a resounding “No!” with a fresh and personal look at the enduring legacy of such well-known figures as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and W.E.B. Du Bois. Marable creates a “living history” that brings the past alive for a gener ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 3rd 2006 by Basic Civitas Books
(first published January 2nd 2006)
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I had admittedly modest expectations for this book but found myself pleasantly surprised. I don't think Marable fully delivers on the book's subtitle (i.e. explicitly making the case for why alternative interpretations of the black past, and of America's racial history more generally, would impact contemporary struggles for justice). Nevertheless, the chapters on the popular de-radicalization of Du Bois and on the legacy of Malcolm X were both insightful and potentially useful teaching texts. In ...more
Manning Marable was an American professor of public affairs, history and African-American Studies at Columbia University. He founded and directed the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. He authored several texts and was active in progressive political causes. At the time of his death, he had completed a biography of human rights activist Malcolm X, entitled Malcolm X: A Life of Rei ...moreMore about Manning Marable...