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Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch presents civil rights lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize winning author Taylor Branch will discuss the role of students in the Civil Rights Movement on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the University of Iowa as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week.

The lecture, titled "Suffer the Children: The Role of Students in the Civil Rights Movement," will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission to the lecture is free and open to the general public. Branch's appearance is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee.

A book signing for Branch is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in the IMU Book Store.

Branch is the author of the best-selling history of the Civil Rights Movement, "Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63," which earned him a National Book Critics Circle Award and the 1989 Pulitzer Prize. A social historian, Branch is currently working on a second volume, "Pillar of Fire," which will span the years of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, addressing the Vietnam War and the decline of liberalism in America.

"Parting the Waters" is a dramatic epic of America in the midst of change, recounting all of the major events of the Civil Rights Movement by drawing upon FBI wiretap transcripts, secret tapes from the Kennedy White House, hundreds of interviews and other previously unavailable materials. Branch provides a behind the scenes look at leaders, explains the political machinations and maneuvers surrounding events, and provides a complete story of the century's most important, divisive and influential social movement.

A former staff member of "The Washington Monthly," "Harper's" and "Esquire," Branch also is the author of a novel, "The Empire Blues," and co-authored "Second Wind" (with Bill Russell) and "Labyrinth" (with Eugene M. Propper).

Persons with a disability who are in need of accommodations in order to participate in this event should contact the Lecture Committee at (319) 335-3255.