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Columbia University’s Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies Manning Marable wants to start a revolution; that conclusion can be drawn from his latest book Beyond Black and White: Rethinking Race in American Politics and Society. Several of the essays in the collection conclude that the best way for African-Americans and progressives to handle attacks on affirmative action and other social programs is via a “mass democratic resistance movement.” Although Marable’s solutions are sometimes simplistic, Beyond‘s 18 essays, which dissect topics such as race and class in the ’92 presidential election, Benjamin Chavis’ problems with the black leadership establishment, and the ideological split overtaking black America, offer cogent and thoughtful analysis. Marable reads at 1 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (Jonetta Rose Barras)