Marshall “Eddie” Conway and Dominque Stevenson joined us this morning to discuss their new book:Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther (AK Press). Conway, who has entered his 41st year of incarceration for the alleged (if not proven!) killing of a police officer, discussed with Ms. Stevenson the history of his development of the Baltimore chapter of the BPP and the nature of a system that caused both the rise of that organization and the response those women and men continue to suffer on our behalf. In what is truly a rare look into the nature and history of a continuing enslavement of African people, and in particular the radically political, this book and our discussion today stand as powerful challenges to conventional notions of this country’s history and current design.
April 29, 2011
An Al Jazeera / Riz Khan Show panel discussion on Manning Marable’s A Life of Reinvention…
Manning Marable titles his book’s epilogue “Reflections on a Revolutionary Vision.” However, his conclusion is more of a eulogy for the revolutionary ideas so carefully put to permanent rest throughout its preceding pages. Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention positions itself alongside, if not atop, a previous work by Marable’s protégé Peniel Joseph, as a well-written and hard-to-target missive clearly designed to popularize without implementation radical ideas – and by so-doing destroy them.
There is a growing sense among those who have read it that Manning Marable’s latest book, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention is itself a reinvention, or worse. From reviewers, journalists and scholars, some of whom have as yet not gone on record, we are hearing descriptive words like, “disappointment” and “unfortunate” in reference to the book. In one more severe response from an expert on the life of Malcolm X whose public statements are as of now still forthcoming, the comparison was made to political defamation in the form of the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program warfare against revolutionary leaders and movements. Perhaps most damaging is that the author is one as prominent, well-respected and recently deceased as Marable and that the subject is Malcolm X, a man whose high regard among Black Americans and genuinely good human beings of all backgrounds is simply and often literally second-to-none.