Black People : Scholar and Activist Manning Marable has past on

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    Marable was born in Dayton, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College and his PhD from University of Maryland. Marable taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Ohio State University, where he was chairman of the Department of Black Studies. He later took a position at Columbia University. Marable also served as the founding director of the Africana and Hispanic Studies Program at Colgate University.[2]

    Marable served as Chair of Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS).[4] Marable served on the Board of Directors for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN), a non-profit coalition of public figures working to utilize hip-hop as an agent for social change.[5] Marable was also a member of the New York Legislature's Amistad Commission, created to review state curriculum regarding the slave trade.[6]

    It was reported in June 2004 by activist group Racism Watch that Marable had called for immediate action to be taken to end the U.S. military's use of Raphael Patai's book The Arab Mind which Marable described as "a book full of racially charged stereotypes and generalizations."[7] In a 2008 column, Marable endorsed Senator Barack Obama's bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.[8]

    Marable, who was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, underwent a double lung transplant as treatment in summer 2010.[9] Marable died of complications from pneumonia on April 1, 2011 in New York City at the age of 60.[10]

    The Black Radical Congress
    Its Origins and Development The inspiration behind the establishment of the Black Radical Congress (BRC), emerged out of the informal discussions that five leading members from the African-American activist and academic community began to have in the mid-1990's. Barbara Ransby, Abdul Alkalimat, Bill Fletcher, Leith Mullings and Manning Marable directed their talks towards organizing the movement of the Black Left. In time, the group decided to gather together other prominent members from the Black Left camp and on March 1, 1997, 35 of them assembled in Chicago to formulate a blueprint for the future. The outcome of that meeting led to the creation of the National Continuations Committee, wherefrom the date and venue for the first BRC was set for June 19, 1998 in Chicago.