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Taft Lecture

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The cathedral is pleased to host Pulitzer Prize winner, historian, and MacArthur grant recipient Taylor Branch for this Taft lecture. He is best known for his trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and much of the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. This landmark narrative required more than 24 years of intensive research as Branch sought to illuminate not only the life of the man, but also the times in which he lived.

The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, was hailed by Time magazine as a “major accomplishment in biography as social history.” It was honored with a Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Christopher Award.

The two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968.

Branch began his career in 1970 as a staff journalist for The Washington Monthly, Harper’s, and Esquire. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from over a dozen colleges and universities. Currently, he is at work on a new book about race in America.

No admission charged but tickets are required.

Learn more about the Taft Lecture Series.


October 21
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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