Legends and Legacies

Join us for the 8th Annual Legends and Legacies as we honor Wil Haygood; author, reporter, and biographer.

Wil Haygood was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1954. He is a journalist and author. Perhaps best known for his 2008 Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served By This Election”, Haygood has also written a number of books including Two on the River, King of Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., The Haygoods of Columbus, In Black and White: the Life of Sammy Davis Jr., Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, and The Butler: A Witness to History.[2]

A graduate of Miami University, Haygood has agreed to join their Department of Media, Journalism, and Film as a Distinguished Scholar for the academic years 2015-2017. This year, he will be joining them during their spring semester as the Karl and Helen Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor. Haygood was the first in his family to attend college, a move that helped launch his career and has lead him to where he is now.

To list a few of Haygood’s journalism honors, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and has won the “National Headliner Award, the New England Associated Press Award, the Sunday Magazine Editors Award, the Paul L. Myhre Single Story Award, the Virginia Press Association Award and the National Association of Black Journalist Award for both feature writing and foreign reporting, among others.”.[1]


1. “Author Wil Haygood Will Join Miami Faculty for next Three Years.” Miami University. Miami University, 4 Mar. 2014. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.
2. “Wil Haygood.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Aug. 2014. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.
The History of Legends and Legacies

The Legends & Legacies program recognizes the ancestral continuum of the rich and diverse contributions of Americans by paying tribute to local, regional, and national individuals that have shown their commitment to freedom through their efforts in social justice, human rights, cultural democracy, artistic excellence and service. Their actions have influenced and impacted their community, city, state and or nation by philanthropy, commitment to community, policy development, service, leadership, preservation, creativity and vision.