04/04/2011 07:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Remembering Dr. Manning Marable

Just days from now, Dr. Manning Marable was scheduled to appear on my PBS program to discuss his epic biography of Malcolm X. Dr. Marable passed away on Friday, April 1.

The book, in stores today, is his magnum opus -- a book over two decades in the making.

In addition to the new biography, Dr. Marable leaves a vast contribution to Black history, which is of course to say, American history.

When he joined us on the program in 2006, we discussed a wide range of topics, including what he saw as an incomplete understanding of Malcolm X.

The new book is called Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.

Our full 2006 conversation with Dr. Marable airs tonight on PBS.