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Wil Haygood


Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood is the author of TIGERLAND, which was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; SHOWDOWN, a finalist for an NAACP Image Award; IN BLACK AND WHITE; and THE BUTLER, which was made into a film directed by Lee Daniels. He has been a correspondent for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer finalist. Haygood is a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and is currently Boadway Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Wil Haygood

Books by Wil Haygood

by Wil Haygood - History, Nonfiction, Performing Arts

Beginning in 1915 with D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation --- which glorified the Ku Klux Klan and became Hollywood's first blockbuster --- Wil Haygood gives us an incisive, fascinating, little-known history, spanning more than a century, of Black artists in the film business, on-screen and behind the scenes. He makes clear the effects of changing social realities and events on the business of making movies and on what was represented on the screen. He considers the films themselves, including Imitation of Life, Gone with the Wind and Do The Right Thing. And he brings to new light the careers and significance of a wide range of historic and contemporary figures: Sidney Poitier, Alex Haley, Billy Dee Willliams, Richard Pryor, Halle Berry, Ava DuVernay and Jordan Peele, among many others.

by Wil Haygood - Biography, History, Nonfiction, Politics

Over the course of his 40-year career, Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In SHOWDOWN, Wil Haygood uses the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court justice, to weave a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as at the politicians, lawyers, activists and others who shaped --- or desperately tried to stop --- the civil rights movement.