Taylor Branch best known for his landmark trilogy, ‘America in the King Years’

    Excitement is building around the upcoming presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Taylor Branch on Jan. 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The presentation, "Civil Rights Then and Now: Reflections on the King Years," is free and all are welcome.        

    Several unique opportunities are developing around his visit including a book signing and a visit by Branch on Tuesday, Jan. 21, to speak at the Lake Agassiz Regional Library in Crookston at 9:30 a.m.   

    Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, “America in the King Years.” He has returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013).  More: http://taylorbranch.com.   

    The visit by Branch is part of a day of activities in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., designed around the theme "Faces of Civil Rights: It isnt' just a Black Thing." The day marks a Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. King with events at the University of North Dakota and the U of M Crookston throughout the day.   

    This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Other sponsors include the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Crookston High School, and Academic Affairs, Campus Ministry, Concerts & Lectures, Honors Program, and Career and Counseling at the U of M Crookston.