San Antonio – On the heels of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the University of the Incarnate Word is pleased to present An Evening with Gilbert King on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. King is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for his book “Devil in the Grove”; a gripping true story of murder, race and the law and young civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall’s experience trying the case.
Before the landmark suit of Brown v. Board of Education, Marshall took on the explosive case of four young black men accused of raping a 17 year-old white girl. The trial threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement.
King has written about Supreme Court history and the death penalty for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and is a featured contributor to Smithsonian magazine’s history blog. His book, “The Execution of Willie Francis”, was published in 2008.
“It is our distinct honor to have this year’s Pulitzer Prize winning author at UIW. It is not every day that we get a speaker of his prominence on campus. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students and our community,” said Roger Barnes, Ph.D. event organizer and UIW chair of sociology and criminal justice.
King’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with the author and a book signing opportunity.
“It is important for the UIW community to bring such a scholar to the university in accordance with our institution’s Mission along with the 50 year anniversary of the civil rights movement,” said Kevin Vichcales, Ph.D., UIW graduate studies and research dean.
To reserve your seat for this exciting presentation, visit: http://www.uiw.edu/kinglecture/
For more information, call (210) 829-6001.
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