Pegasus

Bloodshed, 27 Athletes, and a Quest for Northern Freedom

  • Above, the audience is captivated as Haygood describes his new book and the first eight pages that he has written.
    Above, the audience is captivated as Haygood describes his new book and the first eight pages that he has written.
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  • Above are three photos of the students discussed during the talk. Photos include the basketball and baseball state champions.
    Above are three photos of the students discussed during the talk. Photos include the basketball and baseball state champions.
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  • Students, Staff, and Community members alike wait patiently for the talk to begin
    Students, Staff, and Community members alike wait patiently for the talk to begin
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  • Haygood reading from his newest work
    Haygood reading from his newest work
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  • Haygood at the end of his talk.
    Haygood at the end of his talk.
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October 18, 2017
On October 18th, Wil Haygood, the current Patrick Henry Writing Fellow for Washington College, gave a talk on his recent studies for his upcoming book Tigerland: The Miracle on East Broad Street.

The story takes place five months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In 1968, the all black high school of East High in Columbus, Ohio opened its doors to its students for the new year. While racial tensions following the assassination were severe, athletes from both the school’s basketball and baseball teams went on to win their state championships.

Wil Haygood was born in 1954 and grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He attended East High for his sophomore year in 1969-70 before graduating from Franklin Heights High School. Currently, he is the Broadway distinguished scholar-in-residence in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University.

Throughout his career, he has received several awards such as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for his work onShowdown and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. Haygood has also published multiple books including In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr., The Butler: A Witness to History, and Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America. Haygood has also written for both the Boston Globe and the Washington Post.


Last modified on Feb. 7th at 4:18pm by Katie Bedard.