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Colorization with Wil Haygood
December 2, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST
with Wil Haygood, Michelle Flowers-TaylorThursday, December 2nd | 6 p.m. PST
Virtual – Register here
About the Author
WIL HAYGOOD is a former Boston Globe (where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Washington Post reporter. Haygood has received writing fellowships from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Alicia Patterson Foundation. His biographies of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Thurgood Marshall have been widely acclaimed. Haygood also wrote the New York Times bestseller, The Butler: A Witness to History, which was adapted into an award-winning movie. Haygood is currently serving an appointment as Boadway Visiting Distinguished Scholar at his alma mater, Miami University, Ohio.
In collaboration with Elliott Bay Book Company, we are delighted to host a virtual appearance by acclaimed journalist, author, and scholar (presently a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at Miami University of Ohio) Wil Haygood. He chronicles one hundred years of Black filmmaking in his extraordinary new book, Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World (Knopf). “Starting in 1915 with D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation and spanning all the way to present-day Hollywood with sections on Black Panther and Jordan Peele, the book is an exhaustive look at the way cinema, race, and history have all changed, commingled, and adapted over the past 100 years. At once a film book, a history book, and a civil rights book, Haygood’s tome is a stunning achievement in every possible way: extensively researched, intricately detailed, beautifully written, and massively entertaining. Colorization is, without a doubt, not only the very best film book of 2021, but it is also one of the best books of the year in any genre. An absolutely essential read.” – Shondaland. Wil Haygood’s other books include Tigerland, Showdown, In Black and White; and The Butler, which was made into a film directed by Lee Daniels.
Purchase your copy of Colorization here.
About the Moderator
Michelle Flowers-Taylor, Ed.D., is an educator and media producer who has produced high-impact media and interactive educational game-based content for universities and the U.S. and U.K. military forces. Her work has garnered the U.S. Distance Learning Award for the Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainer, which is currently used to train military forces in over 20 countries around the world.
With a passion for social justice, Dr. Flowers-Taylor conducted her doctoral research on the strategies that academically high-achieving African American female college students developed to be successful. Shortly after defending her dissertation, Dr. Flowers-Taylor raised $1.1 million to launch the Institute of Engineering Community and Cultural Competence (IEC3) at the University of Southern California (USC) where she created a new learning model aimed at empowering girls of color to maximize their success in STEM-related education. Grounded in Dr. Flowers-Taylor’s research, IEC3’s programs and relevant initiatives provide culturally-relevant science, technology, engineering, and math problem-based learning to middle-school-aged girls from underserved communities.
Dr. Flowers-Taylor is currently working on producing a documentary on urban redevelopment in San Francisco and its impact on a once-vibrant African American community in the historic Fillmore district. The documentary follows the efforts that one dedicated community group is leading to reclaim and restore the economic vibrancy of its residents and neighbors.
–Scott Neumyer, Shondaland