Prolific author Wil Haygood will discuss his new book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” at 7 p.m., Monday, September 21, at Howard University Law School.
The event is sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation: A World of Black Writers, which is based in Washington, D.C.
Sheryll Cashin, former clerk to Justice Marshall will interview Haygood about his 416-page biography about Marshall who was the first African-American Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The book is scheduled to be released September 15.
U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D., Maryland), also will attend the event as a special guest. Marshall was born in Baltimore on July 2, 1908.
On August 30, 1967, the U.S. Senate confirmed Thurgood Marshall as Associate Justice by a vote of 69-11 after a contentious five-day hearing in which opponents, including U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, a renowned racist who had a black mistress with whom he fathered a child , attempted to block Marshall from being confirmed. U.S. Sen. Sam Ervin attempted to use the U.S. Constitution to block Marshall’s nomination.
President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court. Haygood’s uses the framework of the five-day hearing for his book. Marshall served on the court from October 2, 1967 to October 1, 1991, when he retired.
Haygood is a professor in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University, Ohio, and a former reporter for the Boston Globe and The Washington Post.
His other biographies include “King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.,” “Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson,” and “In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.”
The event requires a ticket, which can be purchased on the Hurston Wright Website https://www.hurstonwright.org/product/a-conversation-with-wil-haygood/ . Tickets are $50 and include a copy of the book.
In other book news, the Hurston/Wright on Wednesday, September 3, will celebrate Richard Wright’s birthday and 7oth anniversary of the publication of his memoir, “Black Boy,” which hit the shelves in 1945. Wright was born September 4, 1908 in Roxie, Mississippi.
The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Shaw Library in Washington, D.C.