Author, Columbia Professor To Speak At Black Heritage Banquet

Feb. 22, 2006
News Photo 3381Dr. Manning Marable

Dr. Manning Marable, distinguished author and professor of public affairs, political science and history at Columbia University, will be the guest speaker at the annual Black Heritage Banquet, sponsored by Baylor University's Association of Black Students.

The banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in room 510 on the fifth floor of the Cashion Academic Center. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Baylor Ticket Office in the Bill Daniel Student Center or by phone at (254) 710-3210, and at Marilyn's Gift Gallery, 1818 Elm St., or (254) 755-8218.

A prolific author, Marable has written and/or edited 20 books and scholarly anthologies, including "The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches," co-edited with Myrlie Evers-Williams (New York: Basic Civitas Books, 2005); "Beyond Black and White: Race in America's Past, Present and Future, The Crisis of Color and Democracy," which was awarded the Book of the Year by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights (1996); and "The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life."

Marable also recently completed "Living Black History," a fresh look at the legacy of well-known figures of the Civil Rights Movement, and will publish the comprehensive biography, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," in late 2006 or early 2007.

Marable received his bachelor's degree from Earlham College in 1971, his master's degree in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 and his doctorate from University of Maryland in 1976. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 1993, Marable taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ohio State University, where he was chairman of the department of black studies. He also served as the founding director of the Africana and Hispanic Studies Program at Colgate University.

At Columbia, Marable was founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, which under his leadership from 1993-2003, became one of the nation's most prestigious centers of scholarship on the black American experience. In 2002, he established the Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia, an advanced research and publications center that examines black leadership and politics, culture and society.

For more information about the Black Heritage Banquet, contact Taryn Ozuna in the Baylor office of multicultural activities at (254) 710-6949.

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