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Presidential Lecture: Myth and Miracles from the King Years

Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:00pm

Straub Hall
1451 Onyx Street, Eugene, OR 97403

A public lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the Civil Rights Movement, Taylor Branch.

A book signing will follow the lecture in the Straub Hall foyer. 

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years. He has returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013). His 2009 memoir, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President, chronicles an unprecedented eight-year project to gather a sitting president’s comprehensive oral history secretly on tape. His cover story for the October 2011 issue of The Atlantic, “The Shame of College Sports,” touched off continuing national debate.

Aside from writing, Taylor speaks before a wide variety of audiences. He began his career as a magazine journalist for The Washington Monthly in 1970, moving later to Harper’s and Esquire​