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Manning Marable

A collection of tributes from friends, students and admirers of a man whose outsized impact on American letters will be felt for years to come.

A tribute to the recently departed scholar Manning Marable, by a close friend.

A tribute to the life of Jonathan Rowe, political activist and writer, by journalist and a friend of his, Russ Baker.

Weinglass devoted his legal career to making human rights more sacred than corporate profit.

Robert Fitch

Fitch was a brilliant and prolific radical journalist and troublemaker.

Manny Fried

Fried was a guiding presence to Buffalo-area actors, writers and social activists.

Suze Rotolo

Best known for a photograph of her and Bob Dylan that became the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Rotolo devoted her life to the progressive causes which had engaged her since well before she met the folk singer.

Remembering the progressive aide to Gabrielle Giffords who died in the attack in Tucson, Arizona.

Dagmar Wilson was one of those responsible for what Alice Munro calls the “great switch in women’s lives.”

Class was not merely Milton’s subject, it was the optic through which he saw the world, something that distinguished his work from what the culture had expected of social documentary photography since the 1930s.

Blogs

Few stars campaigned harder for the anti-war candidate’s 1972 presidential bid.

March 2, 2015

The last week has seen the deaths of three sports trailblazers who in different ways brought us all closer together.

March 2, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

The New York Times columnist championed journalism and humanity.

February 13, 2015

Dean Smith will be remembered for his legendary coaching career. He should also be remembered for taking unpopular stands for social justice. 

February 9, 2015

My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

He fought for social justice and peace--with a twinkle in his eye.

December 29, 2014

Chomsky discusses the past, present and future of Latin American politics. 

October 31, 2014

In his new book, John Dean finally offers definitive answers to the questions “What did he know, and when did he know it?”
 

August 14, 2014

Fifty years ago, Senators Wayne Morse and Ernest Gruening cast visionary votes against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and war in Southeast Asia.

August 7, 2014