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Published on: May 2, 2011

Writers LIVE! Series


The Pratt Library along with Michael Eric Dyson and Marc Steiner pay tribute to Manning Marable on the day he was scheduled to be at the library to discuss his landmark book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.


BALTIMORE – On April 1st, Columbia University professor and African-American history scholar Manning Marable died, just a few days before the release and publication of his landmark book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. The Enoch Pratt Free Library is honored to pay tribute to this award-winning author on the day he was scheduled to discuss his book at the Central Library.


Central Library Wheeler Auditorium
Wednesday, May 4, 7pm
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

The tribute to Manning Marable will include a panel of scholars discussing his life and work. Panelists include Michael Eric Dyson, radio host and Georgetown University professor; Melissa Harris-Perry, Princeton University; Sherrilyn Ifill, University of Maryland Law School; and Lester Spence, Johns Hopkins University. Marc Steiner of WEAA-FM will moderate the discussion.

Manning Marable was the M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Council Professor of African American Studies and a professor of history and public affairs at Columbia University. He was the founding director of African American Studies at Columbia from 1993 to 2003, and also served as director of Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History. The author of fifteen books, Marable also edited the quarterly journal Souls.

Manning Marable's new biography of Malcolm X is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Reaching into Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents' activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

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Remember at the Enoch Pratt Free Library: "Your journey starts here."



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