MLK Biographer Holds Book Signing Feb. 22
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
February 13, 2008
Noted Civil Rights scholar Harvard Sitkoff, professor of history at UNH will
sign books at a celebration of the publication of his new biography about Martin
Luther King Jr., “King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop.”
The book signing will be held 4-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the Milne Special
Collections, Dimond Library, 1st floor. Copies of Sitkoff’s book will
be available for purchase. The event is sponsored by American Studies; African
American Studies; Race, Culture, and Power; and the Department of History.
It is free and open to the public.
Sitkoff’s biography of MLK has been called the finest brief biography
of the civil rights leader. It was published Jan. 3 by Hill and Wang.
“Martin Luther King Jr. certainly had a far greater impact on my life
than any other public figure, and there is no one I more admired than King.
I well remember the excitement I felt as a boy reading accounts of the Montgomery
Bus Boycott. Because of that, I got involved in the movement as a college student,
and then went South briefly to march and picket and take part in the movement,” Sitkoff
“As a young adult, nothing exhilarated me more than King saying hello
to me and shaking my hand at a civil rights demonstration in Virginia in 1962.
And I’ll never forget the extraordinary jumble of emotions and thoughts
that went through me as I stood in the rain on an Atlanta street as his casket
went by,” he says.
For more information about the book signing, contact Lesley Rains at firstname.lastname@example.org or 2-2179.