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Dispatches from the Ebony Tower Intellectuals Confront the African American Experience

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ISBN-10: 023111477X

ISBN-13: 9780231114776

Edition: 2000

Authors: Manning Marable

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What constitutes black studies and where does this discipline stand at the end of the twentieth century? In this wide-ranging and original volume, Manning Marable -- one of the leading scholars of African American history -- gathers key materials from contemporary thinkers who interrogate the richly diverse content and multiple meanings of the collective experiences of black folk. Here are numerous voices expressing very different political, cultural, and historical views, from black conservatives, to black separatists, to blacks who advocate radical democratic transformation. Here are topics ranging from race and revolution in Cuba, to the crack epidemic in Harlem, to Afrocentrism and its critics. All of these voices, however, are engaged in some aspect of what Marable sees as the essential triad of the black intellectual tradition: describing the reality of black life and experiences, critiquing racism and stereotypes, or proposing positive steps for the empowerment of black people. Highlights from Dispatches from the Ebony Tower: Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Manning Marable debate the role of activism in black studies. John Hope Franklin reflects on his role as chair of the President's race initiative. Cornel West discusses topics that range from the future of the NAACP through the controversies surrounding Louis Farrakhan and black nationalism to the very question of what "race" means. Amiri Baraka lays out strategies for a radical new curriculum in our schools and universities. Marable's introduction provides a thorough overview of the history and current state of black studies in America.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 3/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Manning Marable was born in Dayton, Ohio on May 13, 1950. In 1968, he served as the local black newspaper's correspondent and marched along with thousands of others during the funeral procession for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He received a bachelor's degree from Earlham College in Indiana, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. He wrote around 20 books during his lifetime including How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life, Speaking Truth to Power: Essays on Race, Resistance and Radicalism, and Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. He was a professor of African American studies, history, political science and public affairs at Columbia University. He died from complications of pneumonia on April 1, 2011 at the age of 60.

Introduction: Black Studies and the Racial Mountain
Theorizing the Black World: Race in the Postcolonial, Post-Civil Rights Era
Toward an Effective Antiracism
The Political Moment in Jamaica: The Dimensions of Hegemonic Dissolution
Sandoms and Other Exotic Women: Prostitution and Race in the Carribean
Race and Revolution in Cuba: African American Perspectives
The Fire This Time: Harlem and Its Discontents at the Turn of the Century
Crack Cocaine and Harlem's Health
Mapping African American Studies
African American Studies and the "Warring Ideals": The Color Line Meets the Borderlands
The Future of Black Studies: Political Communities and the "Talented Tenth"
Black Studies and the Question of Class
Black Studies: A Critical Reassessment
Black Studies Revisited
Theorizing Black Studies: The Continuing Role of Community Service in the Study of Race and Class
A Debate on Activism in Black Studies
Afrocentricity and Its Critics
Afrocentricity, Race, and Reason
Afrocentrics, Afro-elitists, and Afro-eccentrics: The Polarization of Black Studies Since the Student Struggles of the Sixties
Reclaiming Culture: The Dialectics of Identity
Afrocentrism, Cultural Nationalism, and the Problem with Essentialist Definitions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Afrocentricity and the American Dream
Multinational, Multicultural America Versus White Supremacy
Race and Ethnicity in American Life
The Problematics of Ethnic Studies
Prophetic Alternatives: A Conversation with Cornel West
Race in American Life: A Conversation with John Hope Franklin
About the Editor