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Monday, February 13, 2012

Honoring Local Figures in Black History

Editor's note: To recognize Black History Month, which is celebrated in February, the Palladium-Item is publishing a daily historical tribute noting the impact of African-Americans and their history in the community.

Only days before his book, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," was to be released, 1971 Earlham College graduate Manning Marable died from complications of pneumonia at a New York hospital.

Marable, 60, died April 1, 2011.

A tribute convocation to Marable and a lecture by Cornel West regarding Marable's work will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Earlham College.

Marable's book, described as his life's work, was two decades in the making. The nearly 600-page biography has been described as a re-evaluation of Malcolm X's life, bringing fresh insight to subjects including his autobiography, which is still assigned in many college courses, to his assassination at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan on Feb. 21, 1965.

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