People in the DC area can see author Wil Haygood at Politics and Prose this Sunday at 5:00 pm. He will be discussing his new book, Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America. In his book, Haygood details the impact Marshall had on the Supreme Court and examines the cases he faced during his time in that position. Haygood has written many biographies of notable African Americans before. He has previously written books on Sammy Davis Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson, and Adam Clay Powell Jr.
Politics and Prose is located at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC 20008.
While you’re in DC, be sure to check out the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage at 1816 12th Street NW, between S and T Streets. This center is located at the former site of the first YMCA founded for African Americans. The corner stone was placed by Theodore Roosevelt and the YMCA was supported by Julius Rosenwald at the request of President Taft after the grant given by John D. Rockefeller and matched by a groundbreaking fundraising effort with in the black community fell short. The building’s history weaves around the various forms of the Civil Rights movement and has been an active part of the DC community for a century. You can easily reach it by getting off the Metro at the U Street – Cardozo station. It’s just a few blocks away.