Fall Conference 2016

Looking at Leadership through the Humanities

Taylor Branch

Image of Taylor BranchTaylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters:  America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968.

Branch began his career in 1970 as a staff journalist for The Washington Monthly, moving later to Harper’s and Esquire. He was recipient of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the National Humanities Medal in 1999.