Pulitzer Prize Winner Taylor Branch to speak at Elon University

By Erin Valentine

With 9 published books, a Pulitzer Prize and a long career as a writer and historian, author Taylor Branch has an overwhelming tool belt of knowledge.

In “Myth & Miracles from the King Years,” Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor Branch will discuss on Wednesday his knowledge of the civil rights movement and the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch

In McCrary Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Branch, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, will be speaking as part of The Baird Pulitzer Prize Lecture Series, which is designed to bring Pulitzer Prize winners to Elon University’s campus.

Branch’s latest book, “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement,” is a compilation of 18 key moments of the civil rights movement, spanning from 1954 to 1968.

Branch's Published Works

Branch’s Published Works

Following the recent 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Branch’s speech on campus will be introduced by Dr. Kenn Gaither, Associate Dean of the School of Communications.

“A significant amount of what we know of MLK has been told in the media,” said Gaither. “[Branch has] a relatively unvarnished view of what he was like.”

Gaither also has a vested interest in Branch’s books, as his own father has been mentioned in the series. Gaither’s father was a civil rights activist in the 1960s and was a member of the Friendship Nine.

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