Wil HaygoodAs part of a Celebrating Freedom program, Miami University is offering three free showings of the top-rated movie "The Butler" at 4 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Hall Auditorium. "The Butler" is inspired by the true story of Eugene Allen, an African-American man who witnessed the civil rights changes in America while serving eight presidential administrations at the White House.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Haygood, also a biographer and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, speaks on “The Hot Summer of 1964: Wil Haygood Takes You There,” at 7 p.m., also in Hall Auditorium.
Tickets to "The Butler" are available to the Miami community and the public at the Shriver Center box office, room 111, 513-529-3200, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. To pick up movie tickets ahead of time at Shriver, please do so by 3 p.m. Monday. From 3:30 p.m. through the 10:45 p.m. showing Monday, reserved tickets can be retrieved at Hall Auditorium and available tickets will also be distributed at Hall before the movie showings.
“Celebrating Freedom: Understanding the Past, Building the Future” is a universitywide, yearlong effort focusing on civil rights and the broader theme of freedom. Events will include issues in our nation’s history and current news today — immigration, voting rights, women’s rights, religious freedom, human trafficking and gay rights — that relate to the basic right of freedom.
Haygood, Miami's May 2013 commencement speaker, has earned a National Headliner Award, Sunday Magazine Editors Award and National Association of Black Journalists and other journalism awards. Recently he was awarded the Ella Baker Award from the Zora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation, which honors an author whose work epitomizes citizenship and community service. He also has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and last May was awarded a 2013-2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for research on a book about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
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