NYU’s Center for the Study of Transformative Lives will host Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Taylor Branch for a public lecture on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Tuesday, November 19, 7-9 p.m. at 20 Cooper Square.
The free event is co-sponsored with the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program, and with its Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. An RSVP is required to firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.998.4291. Subways: 6 (Astor Place); N, R (8th Street).
Branch is best known for his landmark narrative history 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’s most recent book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (Simon & Schuster), draws from the trilogy, identifying 18 essential moments from the Civil Rights Movement and placing each moment in historical context with a newly written introduction. His other published works include The Cartel: Inside the Rise and Imminent Fall of the NCAA and The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President.
In his lecture and in the conversation following, Branch will examine the role of leaders within social movements, explore the complex relationship between individual and corporate agency, and shed light on Martin Luther King, Jr. as a transformative figure on many levels.
The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University fosters research, teaching, and education centering on the lives of exemplary individuals whose dedication, genius, and moral vision helped shape the course of human events. The work of the Center is motivated by the conviction that the example of a great and good life, studied in depth and at length, can become a guiding influence on people’s lives today as they confront their own choices, decisions, and opportunities. Focusing on well-known and less-well-known figures from the present and the past, students and researchers study inspiring individuals in the context of their times and the circles in which they moved, using them as powerful lenses through which to view history and understand societal change. For more, go to: http://www.transformativelives.org/.