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About the Author
WIL HAYGOOD is currently the Karl and Helen Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor in the School of Journalism, Media, and Film at Miami University, Ohio. For nearly three decades he was a journalist, serving as a national and foreign correspondent at The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and then at The Washington Post, where he wrote the story, “A Butler Well Served by this Election,” which became the basis for the award-winning motion picture The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels. For his work researching Thurgood Marshall’s confirmation hearings, Haygood won a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. He is the author of Two on the River; King of the Cats: the Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., (a New York Times Notable Book); The Haygoods of Columbus: A Family Memoir (winner of the Great Lakes Book Award); In Black and White: the Life of Sammy Davis Jr., (winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association); Sweet Thunder: the Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, (finalist for the first ever PEN-ESPN Literary Sports Writing Award); and The Butler: A Witness to History, which has been translated into a dozen languages.