By Manning Marable
The heritage of the black fight for civil rights and political and financial equality in the USA is tied to the thoughts, agendas, and kinds of black leaders. Marable examines assorted versions of black management and the figures who embrace them: integration (Booker T. Washington, Harold Washington), nationalist separatism (Louis Farrakhan), and democratic transformation (W.E.B. Du Bois).
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My late grandmother Fannie Marable often told me about Morris’s early life. The son of a black household worker and a white planter named Robinson, Morris was sold for five hundred dollars in Rome, Georgia, at the age of nine. I have tried, without success, to learn my great-great-grandmother’s name. Family folklore reveals only that Morris’s mother wept bitterly when her son was sold from her. She never saw him again. Morris became the property of a white plan13 14 | Black History and the Vision of Democracy tation owner named Marable in 1854, and the boy was transported to the Alabama Black Belt.
With a little side income from my grandfather’s illegal whiskey still, the lumber firm began to grow. ” My father, James Marable, learned this lesson and ultimately became a successful entrepreneur. But always there was this moral commitment, born of the slavery and Reconstruction experience, that united most members of the community in pursuing common goals: respect as human beings, unfettered participation in the economic and political life of this country, full civil liberties, and equal protection under the law.
His achievements— and those of black educators who accepted his ideas—were substantial. Black schools were largely successful in improving literacy rates and health standards and in promoting black land tenure and capital formation. S. South. Many social dilemmas confronting black American universities and educators today, a century later, are rooted in the conceptual and programmatic contradictions of Washington’s educational and economic paradigms. I The social forces that produced Booker T. Washington and an entire generation of conservative black educators stemmed from the American Civil 23 24 | Booker T.
Black Leadership by Manning Marable