Author of “The Butler” coming to TSU

Posted on Wednesday, January 06, 2016

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In celebration of African American History Month, the Houston Public Library and Texas Southern University will partner to present award-winning author Wil Haygood. Haygood, author of “The Butler”, will visit TSU as part of the Houston Public Library Quarterly (HPLQ) Four Books for Houston event to discuss his novel “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America.”

HPLQ Four Books for Houston will be Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 p.m. in Sawyer Auditorium. Everyone is invited to attend.

In Haygood’s biography of Thurgood Marshall, he takes the reader along the journey of the real-life events surrounding the heated Thurgood Marshall Supreme Court appointment and his special friendship with President Lyndon Johnson. Haygood feels a strong connection to this particular novel. He was born the year of Thurgood Marshall’s victory in the Brown vs. Board of Education, such a powerful movement that positively affected people’s lives across the nation. Marshall is also a person Haygood greatly admires and always wanted to tell his story.

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. Marshall became the first African American Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Haygood has written a number of novels, most notably “The Butler” which received national attention and inspired an Oscar nominated movie. His latest book “Showdown” has been receiving accolades across the nation.

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