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Alumnus, best-selling author Wil Haygood writes of triumph during racial tensions of the ’60s
In a series of videos, Wil Haygood talks about researching and writing his new book. View all videos at www.MiamiOH.edu/tigerland.
About 5,000 incoming first-year students at Miami University will be the first to receive a new book from best-selling author and alumnus Wil Haygood Aug. 24. This exclusive release is part of Convocation 2018 as Miami begins fall semester.In 1968, civil rights leaders were killed and social tensions spiked. One of the great untold stories of that year will be released to the public Sept. 18.In a special arrangement, Haygood’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, agreed to a special early delivery of Tigerland: 1968-1969, A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing to Miami. Tigerland is part of Miami’s Summer Reading Program. When they arrive on campus, students will have consumed a variety of media from the 1960s and today.
President Greg Crawford and Wil Haygood announce his book debut in an April 2018 special event.
The public is invited to Convocation
Haygood will speak to students at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the university’s Oxford campus. The public is invited to attend the event at the Freedom Summer Memorial (located on Western Campus). More information is available online at www.miamioh.edu/tigerland.Tigerland is highly anticipated. It is an inspiring story of two teams from a segregated high school in Ohio who in the midst of the racial turbulence of 1968-1969 won the state basketball and baseball championships in the same year.Following the assassinations that year of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, race relations in the U.S. were frayed.
But in Columbus, Ohio, the Tigers of East High School stayed focused, defeating teams from better-resourced schools across the state.
The Tigers’ pair …