Wil Haygood, the Washington Post writer, movie producer and author of the new book "The Butler: A Witness to History," will kick off the 2013-14 University of Charleston Speaker Series sponsored by Dow Chemical Co. Foundation on Tuesday.
UC will host a book signing for Haygood in Riggleman Hall's Rotunda 5 to 6 p.m., before his discussion in Geary Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Haygood's book came from an original article he wrote for the Washington Post in 2008 about the life of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents and ignited a nation's imagination through the major motion picture "Lee Daniels' The Butler." The movie was the country's top-grossing film for three consecutive weekends, while the Christian Science Monitor recently proclaimed his book "one of the best political books of our times."
Haygood worked at the Charleston Gazette for two years in the early 1980s. He was a copy editor but also wrote several dozen feature stories and music and book reviews.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Haygood has been described as a cultural historian. He is the author of a trio of iconic biographies and a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellow.