Author and Speaker Taylor Branch to Keynote 2017 Covenant Conference in Baltimore, November 8-10

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Author and public speaker Taylor Branch will keynote “Our Shared Humanity,” the 2017 national gathering of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians in Baltimore, November 8-10, 2017.

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy’s first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. Decades later, all three books remain in demand.

Branch has chronicled other significant moments in American history in print, digital media and film, including the Bill Clinton presidency and the role of the NCAA in college athletics.

Branch returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013).  He has taught classes at Goucher College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Baltimore.

Aside from writing, and teaching, Taylor Branch speaks before a wide variety of audiences. He began his career as a magazine journalist for The Washington Monthly in 1970, moving later to Harper’s and Esquire. He is a member of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, where he also sings in a contemporary men’s singing group called Soulful Revue. He lives in Baltimore.  His career website is

Taylor Branch will speak Thursday night, November 9.

The 2017 Covenant Conference will also include conversations with General Assembly Co-Moderator Denise Anderson; William Yoo, who studies the history of Presbyterians and race; and much more! For all the information, and to register, visit


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