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Wil Haygood at Columbus State

September 21, 2018 12:00 pm @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Best-selling author and journalist Wil Haygood to speak at Columbus State September 21st

Award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood will speak on the Columbus State Community College campus about his new book “Tigerland 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing.” The book, from Penguin Random House, will be released on September 18.

This will be Columbus Native, Haygood’s third visit to the Columbus Campus. He was a featured speaker in 2013 during the college’s 50th anniversary celebration. He spoke again in 2015 during the launch of his previous book examining the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

His latest non-fiction project is centered in Columbus. The publisher’s narrative says it’s “an emotional, inspiring story of two teams from a poor, black, segregated high school in Ohio, who, in the midst of the racial turbulence of 1968-1969, win the Ohio state baseball and basketball championships in the same year…Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy are assassinated. Race relations are frayed like never before. Cities are aflame as demonstrations and riots proliferate. But in Columbus, the Tigers of segregated East High School win the baseball and basketball championships, defeating bigger, richer, whiter teams across the state. Now, Wil Haygood gives us a spirited and stirring account of this improbable triumph and takes us deep into the personal lives of these local heroes.”

Haygood is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Miami University. His career as a journalist included positions with The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. As an author he has penned several biographies, including the best-seller The Butler: A Witness to History.

Haygood will speak Friday, September 21 at noon in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.

A book signing will follow his presentation.

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Theatre Columbus State, Nestor Auditorium
270 Cleveland Ave.
Columbus,OH43215United States
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