“The remembrances started almost immediately, as was appropriate. When a giant has fallen there is immense thunder,” wrote Bill Fletcher, Jr., after the passing of the great intellectual of the Black experience in America, Manning Marable. Marable “was that gentle giant of a person who had a tremendous impact on thousands of people, both as individuals as well as on countless groups and organizations.” 

To honor Marable, who passed away Friday, April 1 at the age of 60, The Nation has assembled 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. Go here to view the full slide show.