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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Knowledge Is Power.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1950
Birth Location:
Dayton, Ohio

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
African American Studies Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
Knowledge Is Power.

Birthplace

Born:
5/13/1950
Birth Location:
Dayton
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Biography

Author and director of the Institute for the Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, Manning Marable is one of America’s most widely read scholars. Born on May 13, 1950, in Dayton, Ohio, Marable received his A.B. degree from Earlham College in 1971, his M.A. degree in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972, and his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maryland in 1976.

Marable’s academic career began in 1980 with a position as the senior research associate of Africana Studies at Cornell University. In 1982, Marable became a professor of history and economics, and Director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University. As a professor of sociology at Colgate University in 1983, Marable was the founding director of its Africana and Latin American Studies Program, and in 1987, he moved to The Ohio State University to become the Chair of the Black Studies Department. From 1989 to 1993, Marable served as the professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1993, Marable became the founding director of the Institute for the Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University.

Since 1976, Marable has written Along the Color Line, a syndicated commentary series on African American politics and public affairs, which was published in newspapers and magazines in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, the Caribbean, and India. Marable is a prolific author that has written over 200 articles in academic journals and edited volumes. Marable has also written over twenty books, including co-editing with Myrlie Evers-Williams The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero’s Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches, which was published by Basic Civitas Books in 2005. At the time of his interview, Marable had several books in progress, including one entitled Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, which is due to be published by Viking in 2009.

In 2002, Marable established the Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia University, which produced Souls, a quarterly academic journal of African-American studies. In 2005, Marable and members of his Malcolm X Biography Project designed the content for the multimedia educational kiosks featured at the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center at the historic Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, the site of Malcolm X’s 1965 assassination.

Marable passed away on April 1, 2011.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Manning Marable reflects upon the importance of knowing your heritage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Manning Marable's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Manning Marable lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Manning Marable describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Manning Marable recalls his mother's influence on his interest in history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Manning Marable recalls his great grandfather, Reverend Jack W. Morehead
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Manning Marable describes the history of the African American bourgeoisie
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Manning Marable talks about his mother's support of integration
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Manning Marable talks about his mother's view of being American
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Manning Marable describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Manning Marable describes his paternal great grandfather, an escaped slave
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Manning Marable describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Manning Marable talks about his paternal great grandfather and grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Manning Marable describes his father's growing up and the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Manning Marable describes how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Manning Marable describes his father's education and workload
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Manning Marable describes the de facto segregation of Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Manning Marable describes his father's black nationalism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Manning Marable describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Manning Marable describes growing up in Jefferson Township, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Manning Marable talks about his experience at Jefferson Township High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Manning Marable describes his decision to attend Earlham College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Manning Marable describes his experience at Earlham College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Manning Marable recalls formulating his political activism in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Manning Marable describes his experience in Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Manning Marable describes the founding of the African National Congress
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Manning Marable talks about his mentor, Louis R. Harlan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Manning Marable recalls his experiences of discrimination as a graduate student in Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Manning Marable reflects upon his role as a historian and a teacher
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Manning Marable reflects upon the impact of his newspaper column
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Manning Marable recalls his early experience in academia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Manning Marable recalls his early experience with political activism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Manning Marable reflects upon black political activism in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Manning Marable reflects upon the dearth of black political activism in the 2000s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Manning Marable reflects upon the effects of deindustrialization
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Manning Marable reflects upon popular culture in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Manning Marable reflects upon the effect of trauma on memory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Manning Marable describes the sights and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Manning Marable describes the founding of Tuskegee Institute in 1881
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Manning Marable describes his family's housing development work in Tuskegee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Manning Marable recalls Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Manning Marable talks about historical efforts to found an all-black state
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Manning Marable recalls his experience at Fisk University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Manning Marable describes his experience at Colgate University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Manning Marable talks about Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential bid
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Manning Marable describes the impact of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential bid, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Manning Marable describes the impact of Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential bid, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Manning Marable describes the emergence of the black underclass
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Manning Marable recalls his most notable publications from the 1980s
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Manning Marable describes his experience at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Manning Marable explains transformation, an alternative to integration or separatism
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Manning Marable describes his theoretical and activist work on behalf of the black community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Manning Marable remembers his diagnosis with sarcoidosis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Manning Marable describes how he met his second wife, Leith Mullings
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Manning Marable describes his wife's involvement in his treatment for sarcoidosis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Manning Marable reflects upon racial discrimination in healthcare
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Manning Marable reflects upon the underlying cause of the Los Angeles riots
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Manning Marable remembers his breakthrough to mainstream audiences
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Manning Marable talks about African American intellectuals' media access
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Manning Marable talks about his associations with other black intellectuals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Manning Marable describes his vision for black studies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Manning Marable talks about affirmative action policy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Manning Marable recalls Harold Washington's mayoral victory in Chicago
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Manning Marable recalls Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's presidential campaign
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Manning Marable recalls his academic productivity at Colgate University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Manning Marable describes the revival of black political activism in the 1980s
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Manning Marable recalls the challenges he faced at The Ohio State University
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Manning Marable talks about suffering from sarcoidosis
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Manning Marable recalls his move to the University of Colorado Boulder
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Manning Marable remembers the disintegration of the Rainbow Coalition
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Manning Marable describes changes in the leadership of the black community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Manning Marable recalls black leaders' failure to address the crises of the early 1990s
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Manning Marable talks about the spread of crack cocaine addiction
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Manning Marable describes governmental neglect of the crack cocaine epidemic
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Manning Marable recalls his hope to revive W.E.B. Du Bois' Atlanta University studies
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Manning Marable describes his decision to work at Columbia University
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Manning Marable talks about his second wife, Leith Mullings
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Manning Marable talks about his wife's involvement in his treatment
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Manning Marable talks about his book, 'Beyond Black and White'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Manning Marable recalls reaching mainstream audiences with 'Beyond Black and White'
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Manning Marable recalls the Los Angeles riots and the Million Man March
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Manning Marable recalls his publications at Columbia University
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Manning Marable describes the stratification of the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Manning Marable describes the stratification of the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Manning Marable talks about the Black Radical Congress
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Manning Marable critiques President Bill Clinton's policies
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Manning Marable talks about the gentrification of Harlem in New York City
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Manning Marable explains the concept of neoliberalism
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Manning Marable describes his experience at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Manning Marable talks about founding Souls Journal
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Manning Marable describes his work with graduate students of color at Columbia University
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Manning Marable remembers the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Manning Marable talks about the side effects of his medication, chloroquine
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Manning Marable talks about his work on a biography of Malcolm X
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Manning Marable describes his academic and journalistic goals
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Manning Marable describes the neglect of the black victims of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Manning Marable reflects upon the progress of the African American community