Manning Marable, 60, died on April 1, 2011. He was a professor of public affairs, history and African American Studies at Columbia University and the leading scholar on the life on Malcolm X. He was also a frequent guest on the independent TV/radio news hourDemocracy Now! over the years. His monumental book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, is set for release on April 4.
Here is a quick summary of Marable's interviews on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. Click on the links for the audio and complete transcript.
Manning Marable on Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention (Democracy Now! Interview May 21, 2005)
Today we spend the hour examining the life of Malcolm X-one of the most influential political figures of the 20th century. Saturday would have been his 82nd birthday. We broadcast excerpts of Malcolm X in his own words and speak to Columbia University Professor Manning Marable who is working on a major biography titled "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention" to be published in 2009. Marable is the Founding Director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University.
The Undiscovered Malcolm X: Stunning New Info on the Assassination, His Plans to Unite the Civil Rights and Black Nationalist Movements & the 3 'Missing' Chapters from His Autobiography (Democracy Now! Interview February 21, 2005)
On this the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, we spend the hour with historian Manning Marable who has spent a decade working on a new biography of Malcolm X. He is one of the few historians to see the three missing chapters from "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" that he says paint a very different picture than the book with Alex Haley and Spike Lee's film. Marable has also had unprecedented access to Malcolm's family and documents that shed new light on the involvement of the New York Police, the FBI and possibly the CIA in Malcolm X's assassination. Manning today called on the federal government to release all remaining classified documents on Malcolm X.
Manning Marable on the Significance of the Nation's First Elected African American President (Democracy Now! Interview Nov. 5, 2008)
As Washington Mobilizes for War, Abdeen Jaarra and Manning Marable Speak Out for Peace (Democracy Now! Interview October 5, 2001)
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