Sad news out of New York this afternoon. Renowned African-American Studies scholar Manning Marable has passed away - he was 60. Marable was the M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Council Professor of African-American Studies and professor of history and public affairs at Columbia University. He was founding director of African-American Studies at Columbia from 1993 to 2003. Since 2002, he directed Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History.
He published a number of major books on the issue of race in America. His new book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention will be released next week.