This post will eventually grow, but just feeling a need to write something right now.
I just found out that Manning Marable passed away today. One of the great historians of black American history, he was also a trailblazer as a black historian. On a more personal note, he was my teacher, professor, mentor, and thesis adviser for my master’s and has tremendously shaped my life and views. He is perhaps solely responsible for rekindling my love of history.
Manning’s life work is the first historical biography of Malcolm X. It comes out on Tuesday. I can’t think of anything more tragic. When I was studying with him, we read and gave suggestions on a couple chapters. I talked about many aspects of it with him. I have been eagerly awaiting Tuesday’s release for six years. This book will redefine what people know and think of Malcolm’s life, death, and the meaning of both. Please read it.
In the mean time, if you don’t know anything about Manning, please google him and read up. He has made a tremendously positive impact on the world, and needs to be remembered fondly.
I will be writing more about him in the coming days and weeks, I’m sure.