Leith Mullings, Cornel West, and Gary Younge Discussing Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”
This is a little over two hours long, and the event happened last month, May 12, 2011, at the Prohansky Auditorium, in the CUNY Graduate Center. Again, it includes the discussants Leith Mullings, widow of Manning Marable, and a distinguished professor of anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY); Cornel West, professor and public intellectual from Princeton University; and Gary Younge, a black Briton and award-winning journalist and columnist for The Guardian. Stanley Aronowitz, director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work at CUNY, hosts.
Manning Marable was, before his death on April 1, a professor of African-American Studies at Columbia University and the founder of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. His Malcolm biography involved the last twenty years of his life. While reviews have continued positive for the nearly 600-page biography, negative responses from the likes of writer Karl Evanzz, whose review of the book was refused by The Root have also made headlines. Journalist and writer Herb Boyd, along with writer and activist Amiri Baraka have also weighed in with their disagreements with Marable’s findings and criticisms. At least two of Malcolm’s surviving daughters have let it be known that they did not like how their parents’ marriage has been depicted as being less than supportive and loving as it was purported through the media (Spike Lee’s film, Malcolm X, for example) and through their mother before her tragic death.
If you are reading or plan to read this ground-breaking and often-controversial book, please use this as one of the guides to your understanding of the biography and to make up your own mind.