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2018 MLK Prayer Breakfast

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast is scheduled for Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 8:00 am - 9:00 am. Wil Haygood, a prize-winning journalist, biographer and cultural historian, will serve as the keynote speaker. Remarks will also be given by our president, Dr. Eric Spina.

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Wil Haygood
Wil 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.

Haygood’s path to Pulitzer recognition, the New York Times bestseller list, and the upper echelons of Hollywood defied the odds. Born to a poor single mother and raised in the projects, he became the first in his family to attend college. He recently returned to teach at his alma mater, Miami University in Ohio, as a Broadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, combining fellowships with the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities and Alicia Patterson foundations. Currently on sabbatical from Miami U, Haygood is writing his eighth book and serving as a Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience in Maryland. His forthcoming book, Tigerland: The Miracle of East Broad Street tells the story of America in 1968-69 through the prism of a segregated all-black high school in Haygood’s hometown, Columbus, Ohio.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee
Dr. Verb Washington (co-chair), Christina Smith (co-chair), Chanel Wright, Doug Lemaster, Merida Allen, Jenea Adams, Laura Gentner, Re’Shanda Grace-Bridges, Jennifer Brancato, Shawn Robinson, Darius Beckham, Brian Mercado, Samantha Kennedy, Dr. Roger Crum, Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox

Any questions can be directed to Christina Smith at csmith2@udayton.edu.


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