Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood is a Washington Post writer and author of several books, including “Two on the River,” “King of Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jr.,” and “The Haygoods of Columbus: A Love Story.” Haygood has received numerous awards, including the Sunday Magazine Editors Award, the New England Associated Press Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Foreign Reporting.
Latest from Wil Haygood

Sonny Mehta, a publishing industry titan, made his mark

Even when books are successful, publishers and editors often remain anonymous. Mehta, who passed Monday, became well-known.

December 31, 2019

One day with Dick Gregory made me know he was truly one of a kind

The comedian and activist was a raconteur of the civil rights movement, an interpreter of modern-day American politics and a one-time presidential candidate.

August 20, 2017

Sportscaster John Saunders’ quiet battle with the demons of depression

In his memoir, Saunders recounts his troubled childhood and efforts to maintain balance.

August 18, 2017

The tall, phenom on the basketball court remembering his legendary coach

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recounts his odd-couple relationship with UCLA’s John Wooden.

June 16, 2017

The connected worlds of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

“Blood Brothers” explores the relationship of two galvanizing personalities.

February 26, 2016

Zimmerman acquittal reignites passions over race, justice and the South

ANALYSIS | An all-white Fla. jury’s acquittal has reignited passions about the South, its courts and justice for African Americans.

July 15, 2013

Inauguration will cement ties between Obama, Martin Luther King Jr.

President Barack Obama, with the nation and world watching, will share his Inauguration Day spotlight with a one-time Baptist preacher from Georgia who launched a moral crusade six decades ago to wres...

January 15, 2013

For many blacks, Obama’s reelection cements his legacy

For many blacks, reelection provides irrefutable evidence that presidency was hardly a historical fluke.

November 7, 2012

Book review: ‘My Song,’ a memoir by Harry Belafonte

In his memoir “My Song,” Harry Belafonte looks back on his entertainment career and his work as a civil rights activist.

November 25, 2011

Manning Marable’s ‘Malcolm X’

Manning Marable traces the life of the black leader in “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.”

April 8, 2011