THIS WEEK IN OCTOBER

  1. Friday Oct 26 WIL HAYGOOD INTRODUCES TIGERLAND FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26; 7 PM WIL HAYGOOD will introduce his new book, TIGERLAND: 1968-1969: A CITY DIVIDED, A NATION TORN APART, AND A MAGICAL SEASON OF HEALING. It looks at the poor, black segregated East High School in Columbus, Ohio,...
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WIL HAYGOOD INTRODUCES TIGERLAND

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26; 7 PM

WIL HAYGOOD will introduce his new book, TIGERLAND: 1968-1969: A CITY DIVIDED, A NATION TORN APART, AND A MAGICAL SEASON OF HEALING. It looks at the poor, black segregated East High School in Columbus, Ohio, who, against all odds, defeated bigger, richer, whiter teams in their state and won both the basketball and baseball state championships in the same year, making history. Even more remarkable, it happened as the nation was dealing with the sorrow and unrest caused by the assassination of Martin Luther King,Jr. and Robert Kennedy. It's a powerful, true story of perseverance, amazing talent, dedication, courage, goal-setting, determination, and, ultimately, triumph.

The athletic success is just one aspect of the book. Much of it deals with the racial unrest that gripped the country in the 1960s and 1970s and shows how everyone, including athletes from high schools through major league sports, was impacted by it.

Wil Haygood is the author of The Butler: A Witness to History, Showdown, Sweet Thunder, In Black and White, King of the Cats, Two on the River, and The Haygoods of Columbus. He has written for The Washington Post and The Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University, Ohio.

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