Wil Haygood’s “Tigerland” is a Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
06 Sep 2019
Speaker Wil Haygood’s book, Tigerland, is a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a prize that recognizes the power of literature in promoting peace and reconciliation. An acclaimed biographer, Pulitzer finalist and award-winning author, Haygood is known for telling the story of America through the lens of history, politics, sports, race and the lives of change-making African Americans.
Tigerland is an uplifting story about a poor, black segregated high school that won two state championships because of the power of teamwork, which led to the unification of a racially charged community in the turbulent time of 1968/1969. Truly an inspirational speaker, Haygood has been described as “a powerful presence,” “out of this world,” and “hitting exactly the right heart and message.” Not unaccustomed to standing ovations, he leaves audiences inspired, moved and with a deeper, richer understanding of our shared American story.