BU To Host Award-Winning Author for MLK Event

For Immediate Release: January 16, 2018

BLOOMSBURG— Wil Haygood, acclaimed biographer, Pulitzer finalist, award-winning author and reporter will speak at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration on Monday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium.

Haygood is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestsellers Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America and The Butler: A Witness to History. His writing has chronicled America’s civil rights journey through the lives and times of Thurgood Marshall, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson and Eugene Allen, the real-life inspiration for Lee Daniels’ internationally acclaimed film, The Butler.

Haygood was a long-time national and foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and Boston Globe, covering events such as Nelson Mandela’s release from prison after 27 years, the ascent of President Obama, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his own experience as the hostage of Somali rebels.  While at the Globe, he was honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist.  A storyteller for our times, Haygood has earned high praise for connecting the civil rights movement and its iconic heroes with current events and enduring struggles.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration is sponsored by the Multicultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Haygood’s presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Multicultural Center at 570-389-4937. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.