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MLK Biographer Holds Book Signing March 7

March 5, 2008

Noted Civil Rights scholar Harvard Sitkoff, professor of history, 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, March 7, 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. The event was rescheduled from Feb. 22, due to inclement weather.

Sitkoff's biography of MLK has been called the finest brief biography of the civil rights leader. It was published Jan. 3, 2008, 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 says.

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 lesley.rains@unh.edu or 2-2179.

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