PULLMAN, Wash. — Author, scholar and human rights activist Dr. Manning Marable will speak on social transformation through fairness, respect, justice and inclusion at the Washington State University Racial Justice Conference Jan. 25-26 in WSU’s Compton Union Building.

Marable will speak at 10 a.m., Jan. 26. He writes, “Along the Color Line,” a syndicated political affairs series that appears in more than 300 publications and is the author of numerous other books and anthologies. He serves as professor of history and political science at Columbia University and is the founder and director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies. Marable will replace Harvard professor Cornel West, who said he was unable to attend, as the keynote speaker.

The conference includes a banquet honoring winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Art and Essay Contest at 6 p.m., Jan. 25.

Recommendations gathered this fall during YWCA of WSU Diversity Dialogues with WSU students, faculty and staff members and community residents will be presented during the conference.

Conference registration fees are $20 for non-students and $5 for students. A registration fee waiver is available. The Jan. 25 banquet costs $15 per person and a Jan. 26 luncheon is $10. There is a Jan. 16 registration deadline.

The conference is sponsored by the YWCA and the WSU Women’s Resource Center, with support from the WSU President’s Office.

For reservations, call the YWCA at (509) 335-3916 or for more information about the conference, call Milton Lang, special assistant to the president, (509) 335-3995, mlang1@wsu.edu.