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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Pioneering Colgate Professor Remembered in Book Panel Discussion - Maroon News - Colgate University


"Black people are just as com­plicated as other people," Woodard said. "Scholarship is framed."

Therefore, he believed, Marable opened a precedent for academia, one that must be upheld for gen­erations to come. Woodard fo­cused in on Marable's depiction of the spiritual disorientation of white supremacy and how, there­fore, Malcolm X became beyond a political leader. Malcolm reframed the mindset of black America by encouraging ideas such as, "You deserve better than this" and that the situation is, "not just bad; it's unacceptable." Yet, Woodard did not cease the conversation there. He went on to assert the need to take both Malcolm and Marable's work and apply it to modern day "citizenship." Thus, Marable's work was not only the reinvention of Malcolm X but also has the poten­tial to become the "reinvention of human rights."

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