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A New Vision of Black Freedom: The Manning Marable Memorial Conference

General Programming

dateApril 26–28, 2012 location The Heyman Center, Columbia University
  • Institute for Research in African American Studies
  • Ford Foundation
  • Center for Contemporary Black History
  • Columbia University Libraries
  • Office of the University Chaplain
  • Department of History
  • Department of Political Science
  • School of International and Public Affairs
  • Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning
Headshot of Manning Marable and event title

In an era of emerging social protests and revolutions the world over, the conference will reflect the late professor’s emphasis on history and social analysis as ways of illuminating national and global socio-economic crises and their underlying causes. Dr. Marable’s work emphasized the union of scholarly analysis and grassroots activism as a central project of progressive social transformation. The conference seeks to bring together scholars, students, activists, teachers, artists, social workers, community residents and others for a series of democratic conversations about the task of creating a more equitable and just world.

The political spirit of the conference reflects Dr. Marable’s materialist critique of racism (past and present), imperialism, war, and capitalist exploitation, as well as his commitment to the black radical tradition; transnational liberation movements; human rights; environmental justice; radical democracy; solidarity and common cause among—and comparative analysis of—the struggles of oppressed and colonized people around the world; workers; women; the poor; people of color; gays and lesbians; immigrants; and prisoners. The conference seeks to generate new energy, analysis, ideas and initiatives that creatively address and engage the social problems that Dr. Marable’s work addressed, especially the ongoing crisis of structural racism in national and global political economies.