Myths and Miracles from the King Era
April 2, 2006
Moore Hall Auditorium
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch was the guest speaker for the 2006 Clifford Judkins and Virginia Foster Durr Lecture, on April 2, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Hall Auditorium.
Taylor Branch is the noted author of the Martin Luther King, Jr.—civil rights era historical trilogy America in the King Years. This winter he concluded his series with At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68, which takes the reader from the Selma, Alabama voting rights campaign through King's death in Memphis. This follows his previous editions Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, which examined the birth of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama through John F. Kennedy's assassination, and Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, which focused on the Civil Rights Act, the March on Washington, and Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. The series has received numerous awards including a Pulitzer Prize for History, American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, Imus Book Award, and Sidney Hillman Book Award.
Branch is a prolific author, having written eight books, including ghost writing John Dean's Blind Ambition. In addition he has worked as a columnist for Esquire and editor for Harpers and The Washington Monthly. He has also contributed articles to The New York Times Magazine, Sport, The New Republic, and Texas Monthly. Branch is a graduate of University of North Carolina and the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Christina Macy, a senior writer at the International Youth Foundation. Among his honors are a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the National Humanities Medal presented by President William J. Clinton.