Today the NAACP issued the following statement on the loss of Dr. Manning Marable, an African American scholar and activist who worked as the director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University\’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York:
\”Dr. Marable\’s contributions to the struggle for freedom of African Americans will never be forgotten,\” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. \”Dr. Marable brought one of the keenest intellects of our age to the contemporary conversation on race in America. As an academic he was never afraid to speak his mind, and as an activist his words carried the gravitas of a published author. His life was dedicated to the struggle, and he will be sorely missed.”
The Marable family is planning to hold a public memorial service on May 27. Dr. Marable leaves behind 3 children and two stepchildren.