The Butler: A Witness to History
This is the amazing story of how journalist and author Wil Haygood tracked down the unknown White House butler Eugene Allen, a story which led to the making of the major motion picture, The Butler. The 2013 movie features seven Academy Award winners, among them Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, and Robin Williams. Haygood served as an associate producer of The Butler.
Little Wil Haygood: From Poverty to the Big Screen
Wil Haygood was born to a single mother in Columbus, Ohio. He became the first in his family to receive a college degree. With a honed writing talent, he became a nationally recognized journalist and biographer. His career has taken him around the world and to the backlots of Hollywood, where his work has attracted the attention of some of the leading entertainment figures of our times.
History, Race & Culture of the US
Wil Haygood has been called one of America's "canniest cultural historians." As journalist and biographer, he has explored the social and historical dynamics of this country as few modern chroniclers have done in books, magazine articles, and award-winning newspaper coverage. It is little wonder that Bostonian magazine once referred to him as a "Young Literary Lion."
My Trilogy: The Importance of Sammy, Adam & Sugar Ray
In telling the epic story of America, Wil Haygood has produced a biographical trilogy of these three mid-20th-century figures in books that garnered worldwide literary acclaim and prestigious honors: a politician, an entertainer, and a sports champion. It makes for a fascinating evening of American history.
A Writer's Stories
The figures that journalist Wil Haygood has interacted with and written about make up a scintillating Who's Who of our times: James Brown, Nelson Mandela, Andy Warhol, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Jerry Lewis, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Eartha Kitt, and Frank Sinatra Jr.
The Beauty of the Presidency
In this fascinating presentation, Wil Haygood shares with audiences how American presidents have confronted the country's social issues. He draws on his many visits to presidential libraries in over his years as a biographer- and his dozens of interviews of former White House officials across many administrations - in offering insights into presidential politics.
A Writer's Travels Around the World
From the oil crisis in Nigeria to the war-torn lands of Somalia and Liberia, from the richness of obtaining a South African education, to the heroism of Esther in Zimbabwe - an AIDS-afflicted woman who cared for 10 nieces and nephews and received an outpouring of international help because of Wil Haygood's reporting- this is an evening of scintillating and inspiring stories from around the world. Haygood's journeys as a globe-trotting foreign correspondent (he was once taken hostage in Somalia by rebels) will enthrall you.