Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America's Racial Future

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Basic Civitas, 2006 - Social Science - 266 pages
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Are the stars of the Civil Rights firmament yesterday’s news? InLiving Black Historyscholar and activist Manning Marable offers a resounding “No!” with a fresh and personal look at the enduring legacy of such well-known figures as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and W.E.B. Du Bois. Marable creates a “living history” that brings the past alive for a generation he sees as having historical amnesia. His activist passion and scholarly memory bring immediacy to the tribulations and triumphs of yesterday and reveal that history is something that happens everyday.Living Black Historydismisses the detachment of the codified version of American history that we all grew up with. Marable’s holistic understanding of history counts the story of the slave as much as that of the master; he highlights the flesh-and-blood courage of those figures who have been robbed of their visceral humanity as members of the historical cannon. As people comprehend this dynamic portrayal of history they will begin to understand that each day we-the average citizen-are “makers” of our own American history.Living Black Historywill empower readers with knowledge of their collective past and a greater understanding of their part in forming our future.

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Subtitled “How Reimagining the African-American Past Can Remake America’s Racial Future,” this book represents a collection of lectures delivered by the author to universities and scholarly ... Read full review

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Very interesting perspective. I really enjoyed the chapter on Brown v Board. Read full review

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Manning Marable is Professor of History, Political Science, and Public Policy, at Columbia University. Marable lives in New York City.

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