Wil Haygood (author of The Butler)

Posted by | March 19, 2014 | Event Spotlight | No Comments
Haygood & BookCover

Pictured: Author and prize-winning journalist Wil Haygood and his book The Butler: A Witness to History

Acclaimed journalist and best-selling author Wil Haywood will speak about his book The Butler: A Witness to History on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall, at Hood College. The book was made into an award-winning film Les Daniel’s The Butler, of which the author is an associate producer. Haygood loosely based the book on the life of Eugene Allen, who endured a harsh and segregated upbringing in his native Virginia. Allen relocated to Washington, D.C., during the Depression and made his way from a country club waiter to head White House butler. He served eight presidents—from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan—and witnessed sweeping social change during his three decades of service.

The first in his family to go to college, Haygood served for 17 years as a national and foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe. He joined the Washington Post in 2002 and covered national and global affairs. Haygood is the author of five nonfiction books, including an award-winning trilogy of biographies of notable 20th century African American personalities. In 2013 Haygood was honored with the prestigious Ella Baker Award—named after the civil rights pioneer—for his efforts in his writings to bring to light persons who contribute from behind the scenes.

Fiftieth anniversary events are sponsored by the Robert D. and Barbara E. Hanson Fund of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Frederick County Bank.

For more information, please contact The Dean’s Office, eylerm@hood.edu or 301-696-3573.

For a video of Wil Haygood’s visit to campus, click here.

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