Monday, 4 April 2011


My obit of Manning Marable, who died last Friday, and whose new biography of Malcolm X was published today, will be in tomorrow's Guardian; you can link to it online here. Although it was shortened somewhat for space, it retains all the main points I made, with only some further analysis of what made his approach to racial equality through social equality (yes, socialism!) unique. I left out much of the academic infighting, which saw him accused of, among other things, cultivating a Frederick Douglass hairdo! And I'm very curious to see his biography of Malcolm X; it draws on many documents obtained from federal agencies and may shed some light on his assassination, as well as his place in the black liberation movement.

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