Living Black History by Manning Marable
How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America's Racial Future

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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 generation he sees as having historical amnesia. His activist passion and scholarly memory bring immediacy to the tribulations and triumphs of yesterday and reveal that history is something that happens everyday. Living Black History dismisses the detachment of the codified version of American history that we all grew up with. Marable’s holistic understanding of history counts the story of the slave as much as that of the master; he highlights the flesh-and-blood courage of those figures who have been robbed of their visceral humanity as members of the historical cannon. As people comprehend this dynamic portrayal of history they will begin to understand that each day we-the average citizen-are “makers” of our own American history. Living Black History will empower readers with knowledge of their collective past and a greater understanding of their part in forming our future.

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MANNING MARABLE (1950–2011) was the founding director of African American studies at Columbia University and the director of Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History. He is the author of fifteen books and was the editor of the quarterly journal Souls.GARRETT FELBER is a Ph.D. student in American culture at the University of Michigan. He holds a master's in African American studies from Columbia University, where he worked as lead researcher of the Malcolm X Project with Manning Marable.
Published January 3, 2006 by Basic Civitas Books. 293 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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In his opening essay, Marable seems undecided on the point, but he is far more confident when writing of such things as the curious process by which The Autobiography of Malcolm X came to be (Malcolm and Alex Haley, his as-told-to writer, did not agree on much) and the need to address structural ...

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He similarly admonishes those, from the black middle class or hip-hop "Malcolmologists," who seize on Malcolm X's resistance without recognizing—as Marable does in dissecting Alex Haley's unreliable Autobiography and criticizing the Shabazz family—Malcolm X's unquenched, pan-Africanist voice.

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