August 06, 2007

Taylor Branch to give third annual Anisfield-Wolf lecture at Case


Acclaimed writer Taylor Branch will speak about his authoritative trilogy on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement as the keynote speaker for the third annual Anisfield-Wolf/SAGES Lecture. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., Friday, September 7 in Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Ave. Branch is this year's Anisfield-Wolf Book Award honoree for lifetime achievement in writing about race and race relations.

Branch will be in Cleveland to receive his award during a special event and reception on Thursday, September 6, that recognizes this year's recipients who have contributed literary works that advance the understanding of race relations.

Branch began his examination of the late civil rights leader's life and contributions with the publishing of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 (1988). This first book in the trilogy chronicles the changing and turbulent times in America as seen through King's rise as a major figure in the civil rights movement. The book won numerous honors, including the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for history, National Book Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Times Book Awards.

What followed next were Pillar of Fire, America in the King Years, 1963-65 (1998) and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68 (2006).

In addition to writing, the Baltimore resident also has been a columnist for Esquire magazine and an editor at Harper's and the Washington Monthly.

The free, public event is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University's Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and SAGES, the Seminar Approach to Undergraduate Education and Scholarship, in conjunction with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, administered by the Cleveland Foundation.

To learn more, call 216-368-8961 or visit the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities online.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Marsha Bragg, August 6, 2007 10:56 AM | News Topics: Authors, College of Arts and Sciences, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Lectures/Speakers, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics

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