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Posts Tagged ‘Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention’

Malcolm X Biography Review Generates Controversy

After TheRoot.com rejected Karl Evanzz review of the late Manning Marable‘s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Evanzz posted a shortened version of the negative review on his blog–causing a stir among academics.

The Washington Post explained: “The flap is gaining attention in the intense world of Malcolm X studies, where theories about the civil rights leader’s life can be as polarizing as the man himself. The controversy was reported Wednesday on Richard Prince’s Journal-isms media criticism blog.”

The review, entitled “Paper Tiger: Manning Marable’s Poison Pen,” strongly criticized the biography. According to the Post, managing editor Joel Dreyfuss informed Evanzz that the piece would not be published and Evanzz received a $100 kill fee. (via Ron Charles)

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Manning Marable Has Died

Scholar Manning Marable (pictured, via) has passed away. He was 60-years-old.

Marable served as professor of history and political science at Columbia University. According to The Root, he had been working on the biography Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention for a decade. Penguin Group (USA) released it today and currently holds the #4 spot on Amazon’s biography & memoirs’ bestsellers list.

His widow, Leith Mullings Marable, shared these thoughts: “I think he would want to be remembered for having contributed to the black freedom struggle. He would want to be remembered for being both a scholar and an activist and as someone who saw the two as not being separated. He believed that both [callings] went together and enhanced each other.”