Pulitzer Prize Winner Taylor Branch to speak at Elon University

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By Connor Cavanaugh

In an effort to shed light on an important and volatile time in our countries history, Elon University is bringing author and historian Taylor Branch to speak at Elon University’s McCrary Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

His talk, entitled “Myth and Miracles from the King Years,” will focus on discussing the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the volatile times during the 1960’s civil rights movement.

Branch has authored numerous acclaimed books, including “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63”, “Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65”, “At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968”, and “The Clinton Tapes.”

His most recent work, “The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement,” was released earlier this year, and takes selections from his previous trilogy on Dr. King, giving what his publishers call a “comprehensive view of America in the turbulent, transformative 1960s.”

Dr. Kenn Gaither, Associate Dean of the School of Communications at Elon, will be introducing Branch at the event, and gave a brief summary of what he expects at the talk.

“He really has done painstaking and meticulous research to document the turbulent time in the ‘60’s,” said Gaither.

“The media has constructed [King],” said Gaither, “and I hope that he will cut through that and give a clearer understanding of this man.”

Tickets for the event are $12, or free with an Elon ID. 

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