Hurston/Wright Foundation | A Conversation with Wil Haygood on September 21 at 6:00 pm
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A Conversation with Wil Haygood on September 21 at 6:00 pm

Join Us for a Conversation with Wil Haygood

author of

Showdown Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America

Wil Haygood will be Interviewed by Sheryll Cashin, former Clerk to Justice Marshall.

Featuring Special Guest Congressman Elijah E. Cummings.

Monday, September 21, 2015

6:00 pm: Reception

7:00 pm: Conversation with author Wil Haygood


Howard University School of Law – Dunbarton Chapel

2900 Van Ness Street N.W./ Houston Hall – 355

(off Connecticut Avenue)

Washington, D.C 20008

Books will be available for purchase




Wil HaygoodWil Haygood

A Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow and a former writer for the Washington Post, Wil Haygood has been described as a cultural historian. He is the author of a trio of iconic biographies. His King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., told the story of the enigmatic New York congressman and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. That was followed—after publication of a family memoir—by In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr., which was awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Music Biography Award, the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Legacy Award, and the Nonfiction Book of the Year Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. In 2009, he wrote Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, which told the story of the famed New York pugilist known as much for his prowess in the ring as his elegant style outside of it. Haygood is an associate producer of Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Wil is a Distinguished Professor at Miami University of Ohio.



CummingsElijah Cummings

Since 1996, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings has served as the Representative of Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was born and raised in Baltimore and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.

Congressman Cummings is dedicated to uplifting and empowering the people he is sworn to represent. He began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem.  Congressman Cummings often says that our children are the living messages that we send to a future we will never see. Congressman Cummings serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is also a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Congressman Cummings serves on numerous boards and commissions. He holds the 2014-2015 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series at Howard University.



CashinHeadshot13Sheryll Cashin

Sheryll Cashin is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University and the author, most recently, of Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America. Her first book, The Failures of Integration, was an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review and a nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her memoir, The Agitator’s Daughter, was a Legacy Award nominee as well. Cashin’s writing also has appeared in the New York Times, the L.A. Times and the Washington Post.

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