The National Institute for Restorative Justice
"Educating for Advocacy"
Manning Marable Book Discussion Series  
15226 Lakeshore Blvd
Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Social Justice
Economic Justice
Legal Justice
“More than 150 years ago, African Americans understood that knowledge is power.  
The new freedmen after Emancipation and the celebration of jubilee desired two things
above all else: land and education.  The formerly enslaved African Americans were absolutely
clear that knowledge was power, and that the resources of the government were essential
in providing the educational context and social space for their collective advancement.
...The fight to preserve and enhance public education is inseparable from the struggle
for the empowerment of the oppressed, toward the pursuit of human freedom.”
William Manning Marable
Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life
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Imagining, Democracy, Justice:
The Mind of Manning Marable

A Three Book Discussion Series
September 13—November 10, 2011
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 - 8:30 PM
Registration Required
William Manning Marable
Born on May 13, 1950, in Dayton,
Ohio, William Manning Marable was an
historian, political scientist, public
intellectual, and social activist, educating
for advocacy on behalf of disfranchised
black and brown people throughout the

At the time of his passing, Marable was
on faculty at Columbia University,
where he was professor of public affairs,
political science, history and African-
American studies.  He was the founding
director of the Institute for Research in
African-American Studies and the Center
for the Study of Contemporary Black

Marable directed ethnic studies programs
at a number of colleges, most notably
the Race Relations Institute at Fisk
University and the Africana and Latin
American Studies program at Colgate
University. He was the chairman of the
black studies department at Ohio State
University in the late 1980s,  taught
ethnic studies at the University of
Colorado, Boulder, and Afro-American
Studies at Smith College in the mid
1970s. Marable earned his bachelors
degree at Earlham College in Richmond,
Indiana, his masters degree at the
University of Wisconsin, and his
doctorate degree at the University of

His books include
How Capitalism
Underdeveloped Black America
Race, Reform and Rebellion: The
Second Reconstruction in Black
America, 1945-1982
(1984), Beyond
Black and White
(1995), Speaking Truth
To Power
(1996), Black Leadership
The Great Wells of Democracy:
The Meaning of Race in America

W. E. B. DuBois: Black Radical
(2005) The Auto-biography of
Medgar Evers
, which he edited with
Myrlie Evers-Williams, Evers’s widow,
Living Black History: How
Reliving Black America's Past Can
Remake America's Racial Future
Racializing Justice,
Disenfranchising Lives: The Racism,
Criminal Justice and Law Reader

(2007), edited by Manning Marable,
Keesha Middlemass and Ian Steinberg.  
.  His syndicated political affairs column,
"Along the Color Line," appears in more
than 400 black-owned and black-
oriented mass publications throughout
the United States, Canada, the U.K, the
Caribbean, and India.

His most recent publication,
Malcolm X:
A Life of Reinvention
, was released the
day after his passing on April 1, 2011.

Great Wells of Democracy:
The Meaning of Race
In American Life
September 13—29, 2011
Imagining, Democracy, Justice
The Mind of Manning Marable
Syllabus & Discussion Guides
September 13, 14, 20, & 22, 2011
Mittie Imani Jordan
Chair, National Institute
For Restorative Justice
Founding Partner, Restoration
Source, Inc./ Deuteronomy 8:3
Café Books & Music
AB, Smith College
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Series Orientation
Preface, Introduction: What We Talk About When We
Talk About Race

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Part I The American Dilemma:
Structural Racism: A Short History         

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Part II The Retreat from Equality
The Politics of Race and the Limits of
Electoral Reform
Losing The Initiative on Race

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Part II: Continued
Race and Educational Inequality
Facing The Demon Head On: Race and the Prison
Industrial Complex,
The Death of the Talented Tenth
Mittie Imani Jordan
Living Black History: How Reimagining the African-American Past Can
Remake America’s Racial Future
October 4—18, 2011
Part III: Reconstructing Racial Politics
Building Democracy from Below: Community
Empowerment, Forty Acres and a Mule:
The Case for Black Reparations,
The Hip Hop Revolution
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Reverend Dr. Leah Lewis
Associate Minister,
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church;
Associate Organizer, Greater
Cleveland Congregations
BS, Bowling Green State Univ.
JD, Howard Univ. Law School
MDiv, Yale University Divinity School
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Dr. Rhonda R.Williams
The Social Justice Institute and
Associate Professor of History,
Case Western Reserve University
BA, University of Maryland,
College Park
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Case Western Reserve University
School of Law

Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture

The Road To Justice

Fred Gray, Civil Rights Attorney

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Dr. Dolores Person Lairet
Board of Directors, National Institue
For Restorative Justice
Professor Emeritus, French
Language and Literature
Cleveland State University
BA, Wheaton College
MA, Middlebury College
PhD, Case Western Reserve Univ
Resurrecting the Radical Dubois
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Malcolm X’s Life-After-Death:
The Dispossession of a Legacy
Reverend Dr. Zachary Williams
Board of Directors, National Institute
For Restorative Justice
Associate Director, Pan Africana
Studies, and Assistant Professor
of History,
The University of Akron
BA, Clemson University
PhD, Bowling Green State Univ.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beginning Tuesday, September 13 at 6 p.m., The
National Institute For Restorative Justice will
facilitate a nine-week discussion series on books
by renowned historian, political scientist, and
social activist, William Manning Marable.   

Guided by members of The National Institute,
northeast Ohio area college and university
faculties, and Greater Cleveland area
leadership, the discussions will focus on the
following books:
The Great Wells of Democracy:
The Meaning of Race in America (2002)
by Manning Marable;

Living Black History:
How Reliving Black America's Past Can
Remake America's Racial Future, (2006)
by Manning Marable;

Racializing Justice, Disenfranchising Lives:
The Racism, Criminal Justice and Law Reader
(2007), edited by Manning Marable, Keesha
Middlemass and Ian Steinberg.  
Part III Continued
When the Spirit Moves: The Politics of Black Faith,
9/11Racism in the Time of Terror
Epilogue: The Souls of White Folk
Preface, Living Black History: Black  
Consciousness, Place and America’s Master Narrative,
Mapping Black Political Culture: Leadership, Intellectuals,
and Resistance
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Dr. Reginald Oh
Professor of Law
Cleveland State University
Cleve-Marshall School of Law
BA, Oberlin College
JD, Boston College Law School
LL.M, Georgetown University
Law Center

Living Black History (Completion)
The Unfulfilled Promise of Brown: From
Desegregation to Global Racial Justice

Racializing Justice, Disenfranchising Lives
Introduction and Title Chapter: by Manning Marable
Racializing Justice: Disenfranchising Lives
October 18—November 10, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Dr. Wanda Jordan Birch
General Counsel
The National Institute For
Restorative Justice
AB Smith College
JD, Case Western Reserve Univ
Part I The Criminal Justice System and the New
Racial Doman
   "The Hypercriminalization of Black
and Latino Male Youth in the Age of Mass
Incarceration" by Victor Rios; "The Condemnation of
Little B" by Elaine Brown; "The Rockefeller Drug
Laws" by Robert Gangi; "Racism and Capital
Punishment" by George Kendall; "In Defense of
Mumia: The Political Economy of Race, Class,
Gender and Social Death" by Leonard Weinglass
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Dr. Elizabeth Smith Pryor
Associate Professor and
Coordinator, Undergraduate
Program in History
Kent State University
AB, Harvard University
JD, Stanford University
PhD Rutgers University
Part III Racism, Law and Public Policy
"Reassessing Race Specifically in American Law
and Public Policy" by Lorenzo Morris and Donn G.
Davis,  “Tell The Court I Love My [Indian] Wife:
And Self-Identity in Loving v Virginia" by Arica L.
Coleman; "Resistance, Redemption, And
Transformation: African American and Latino
Prisoners Living With The HIV/AIDS Virus" by
Laura Fishman; "The Cactus That Must Not Be
Mistaken For A Pillow: White Racial Formation
Among Latinos" by Daniel A. Rochemes and G. A.
Elmer Griffin
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Part IV Voting Rights and Disenfranchisement
"Unfit to Vote: A Racial Analysis of Felon
Disenfranchisement Laws" by Keesha M.
Middlemass; "Felon Voting Rights and the
Disenfranchisement of African Americans" by
Christopher Uggen, Jeff Manza and Angela Behrans;
"Jim Crow is Alive and Well in the Twenty-First
Century:  Felony Disenfranchisement and the
Continuing Struggle to Silence the African American
Voice" by Ryan S. King
Dr. Jonathan Entin
Professor of Law and
Political Science
Case Western Reserve Univ.
School of Law
AB, Brown University
JD, Northwestern University
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Part V First Person: Inside U.S. Prisons
“A True Democracy: Talking With Eddie Ellis" by
Blaca Vazquez;
"Manipulator Under Manipulation SHHH: Mums"
by Geoff K. Ward
"The Longest Hour" by Craig Davis;
"From Object to Subject: Jazz Hayden" by
"Political Riddles: Bitten, Seduced and Fooled"
by Alejo Dao’ud
James Page
Board of Directors, NIRJ
Community Activist
Social & Spiritual Intellectual  
BA, Cleveland Statue University
'Mississippi' Charles Bevel
Board of Directors, NIRJ
Professional Actor & Musician
Human Rights Activist
BA, Cleveland State University
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Part VI Challenging The Prison-Industrial Complex   
"State of Emergency" by Angela Y. Davis;
"From Punishment to Rehabilitation: Empowering
African American Youth" by Monique Williams
and Isis Sapp-Grant        
"Crime Prevention in the African American
Community: Lessons Learned From
The Nation of Islam" by Shaun L.Gabbidon
Edward Horton
Vice Chair, National Institute
For Restorative Justice
Principal, E. Horton & Associates
BA, Cleveland State University

Mittie Imani Jordan
Chair, National Institute For
Restorative Justice
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Books For The Series
Are Available To Participants
At A Discounted Rate
(Only Available in Paperback)

Great Wells of Democracy
Living Black History
Racializing Justice
To Register and/or reserve books
Call 216.721.6630 or email:
Dr. Pam Brooks
Associate Professor, African
American Studies
Oberlin College
BA, New York University
MA, University of Massachusetts
PhD, Northeastern University
Part VI Challenging The Prison-Industrial Complex   
"New York Theological Seminary Prison
Program: Sing-Sing Correctional Facility
Our Contex"t;         
"Wesley Robert Wells and the Civil Rights Congress
Campaign" by Theodore Hamm
"Prepared to Govern Justly" by Van Jones
Part VII Conclusion: The Color of Justice
"The Carceral States of America"
byKeesha M. Middlemaas

Part II Women, Violence and Incarceration        
"The Effect of the Prison-Industrial-Complex on
African American Women" by Natalie J. Sokoloff;
"Toward a Black Feminist Liberation Agenda: Race,
Gender and Violence" by Kristen Clarke; "The Female
Bogeyman: Political Implications of Criminalizing Black
Women" by Julia S.Jordan- Zacherys; "A Bad
Relationship: Violence in the Lives of Incarcerated
Black Women by Nikki Jones
Renewing Inalienable Rights, Rebuilding Communal Confidence, Re-energizing Sustainable Economy, Reviving Unbridled Spirit
To Register and/or reserve books
Call 216.721.6630 or email:
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