Dr. Manning Marable Has Died at the Age of 60.

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized
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It is with sadness that I must announce the passing of Professor Manning Marable of Columbia University, who succumbed this afternoon to pneumonia after undergoing a double lung transplant a few months back.  As most of the readers of this blog probably know, I had a warm relationship with the professor and collaborated with him on a number of projects, not the least of which is his long-awaited nearly 600 page biography entitled Malcolm X:  A Life of Reinvention, due to hit the bookshelves Monday.  Sadly, Manning didn’t get to see the response to his life’s work, or the opportunity to expound upon and defend it. Our prayers go out to his family, and he is survived by his wife, Leith Mullins, his children, Malaika Marable-Serrano, 36, and twins Joshua Marable and Sojourner Grimmet, both 35, along with three grandchildren and two step children.

  1. Abu Usamah says:

    truly this is so sad

  2. elena says:

    Thank you for posting this so that we can remember and honor a remarkable man and his legacy.

  3. makeda Kamara says:

    A tremendous loss but I’m sure hel’ll be lifting up the struggle for justice in true ancestral fashion.

    travel safe my Brotha.

  4. Dr. Rhonda Marable Harden says:

    Manning will be missed by all his family in Alabama. Rest In Peace!

  5. anonymous says:

    Reading the reviews and the impact of the book, it seems that the professor mixed history with spreading hearsay about a person no longer able to defend himself. It is closed to back-biting just because he wrote a book and he is an author, it can still be back-biting. How would he feel if someone dug through his life an wrote a book about him. How would his family feel. The more I think about it, the book is a disgrace to Malcolm and his family. The profesor should not be praised for this work but criticized.

  6. Ibn Waheed says:

    I agree. I recently purchased the book. Dr Marable attempts to do a psychological analysis using childhood hearsay based on comments from supposed childhood friends who have never been identified during the life of Malcolm or after. Professor Marable is a historian and should know that history is judged by factual evidence.

    There is technically not much value in the book since the two main highlights were Malcolm’s untold agenda, and the conspiracy to assassinate him. The direction Malcolm was heading in was already well known at the time of Malcolm’s death and after and has been written about extensively by many historians. The three missing chapters only confirm what is already assumed.

    In regards to his assassination, the shocking highlight of the story was the pinpointing of Mustapha Alshabbaz’s whereabouts, and all credit for that goes to our brother Abdur-Rahman.

    -Ibn Waheed from Milwaukee, WI

  7. kelly says:

    Brother Rahman-Muhammad:

    Marable cites you in a footnote but not in his bibliography regarding an interview on Nov. 4 2010. The reference is related to the notion that Sharon Poole had a relationship with Malcolm and Cathcart. It seems Marable relied heavily upon you and James 67x Warden. What were your sources for this info?