HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Award-winning and internationally known biographer and journalist Wil Haygood will deliver the Amicus Curiae Lecture “Thurgood Marshall’s Battle for Justice” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall on Marshall University’s Huntington campus.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s 1967 confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Haygood’s book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America” chronicles the furious battle to get Thurgood Marshall confirmed to the Supreme Court, where he became the first African-American to serve on that court.
Among other prizes, “Showdown” won the Scribes Book Award, given annually to the best book written on American law, and was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Haygood will discuss “the undeniable reality of why Marshall and his vision of jurisprudence – from voting rights to women’s rights to fair application of law enforcement – is now more important than ever in our nation.”
During nearly 30 years as a journalist, Haygood was national and foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe, where he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and a national writer for The Washington Post. His story “A Butler Well Served by this Election” was the basis for the 2013 award-winning motion picture “The Butler,” and his book “The Butler: A Witness to History,” has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University and supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
The third lecture of fall 2017 will be Thursday, Nov. 9, when Vanderbilt University professor Dr. Marc Hetherington will deliver a lecture focused on political polarization in the United States, “Fixed World View or Fluid? Why Republicans and Democrats Hate Each Other.”
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