Past Appearances

Monday, March 19, 2018
One-Night Class
Odyssey Advanced Academic Programs


Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Presentation With Rev. William Barber
Search For Meaning Book Festival


Campion Ballroom
Seattle University
914 E. Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98122

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Mark O. Hatfield Forum Address
Oregon Historical Society


First Congregation Church of Christ
1126 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR

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Tuesday, January 22, 2018
World Premiere Screening
“King in the Wilderness”
A Kunhardt Films documentary on the last years of MLK’s life


Sundance Film Festival
The MARC Theater
Park City, Utah

As an Executive Producer, I will discuss the film at Sundance with Director Peter Kunhardt and Ambassador Andrew Young.
Here is the complete Sundance schedule for January 22, with links to other dates Jan. 18-28.

HBO will broadcast “King in the Wilderness” on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at the start of commemoration week for the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s death in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

Sunday, January 14, 2018
12th Annual WNYC Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration


Apollo Theater
253 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
“Our Shared Humanity”
Covenant Network of Presbyterians


First and Franklin Presbyterian
210 West Madison Street
Baltimore, MD

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
“King’s Dream For Justice: Then and Now”
Annual American Democracy Lecture


Parmer Hall
Messiah College
1 College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017
“A Life With MLK: The Perils of Biographical History”
Tenth Annual Lecture
Leonard Levy Center for Biography


Proshansky Auditorium
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

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Friday, April 8, 2016
“Remembering Julian Bond”
Panel, Organization of American Historians Convention


Rhode Island Convention Center
One Sabin Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

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Thursday, March 24, 2016
College Athletes’ Rights and Empowerment Conference
Sponsored by Drexel University

Opening Session: 4:00-8:00pm

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Other speakers include Kain Coulter, Harry Edwards, Ramogi Huma, Donna Lopiano, Ed O’Bannon, Joe Nocera, and Sonny Vaccaro.

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Public Life/Personal Faith Luncheon Speaker
Perkins School of Theology, SMU


Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Great Hall
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Public Address: “Freedom and Gridlock: Lessons from MLK”
Modesto, California MLK Day Commemoration

7:00 pm

Modesto Junior College East Campus Auditorium
435 College Avenue
Modesto, CA 95350 telephone: 209-575-6550

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Sunday, January 17, 2016
MLK Day Celebration
The Apollo Theater and New York WNYC Present
“Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two Americas”


The Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th Street, NY, NY

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Monday, December 7, 2015
Keynote Address “Inside the Struggle” Central European University Conference on Civil Rights and the Roma Crisis

9:00AM (Budapest Time)

CEU Auditorium Budapest

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Michel Martin, “Going There”
National Public Radio Program on the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott Broadcast from Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

Montgomery, AL

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Author Honoree 20th Anniversary Gala Celebration
American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230

Ticketed Event
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Friday, November 13, 2013
Panelist, “Voting Rights Act of 1965: Past and Future”
Appellate Judges Education Institute

OMNI-Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008 (closed event)

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Monday, November 9, 2015
Induction Ceremony Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Special Collections Libraries
Richard B. Russell Building
300 S. Hull Street
Athens, GA 30602

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Mellon Foundation Lecture


“Scalawags and Big Government: How Racial History Warps Politics.”

Lee Chapel Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450







Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Taylor Branch - 2015 Records of Achievement Award Ceremony and Gala

National Archives Foundation Records of Achievement Award and Gala Rep. John Lewis (D.-GA), chair Presentation and Interview with Taylor Branch by former Attorney General Eric Holder

National Archives Building
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408

Ticketed Event/Black Tie
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Friday, October 23, 2015
Dialogue on College Sports and the NCAA with William E. “Brit” Kirwan (Chancellor Emeritus, University System of Maryland; former President, Ohio State U.)
Bench-Bar Conference of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Ceremonial Courtroom 1A
Edward A. Garmatz U.S. Courthouse
101 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
“The Fight for Civil Rights”
Public Discussion with former Vice President Walter Mondale

Trachtenburg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Friday, October 9, 2015
“Myth and Miracles From the King Years”
The Bob and Dorrie Moon Lecture Series
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

2391 St Marks Way
Sacramento, CA 95864
(916) 483-7848

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Johns Hopkins University Odyssey Program One Night Course/Lecture
“1965: The Pivotal Year”

Hodson Hall, Room 110
Homewood Campus
Baltimore, MD

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Memorial for Julian Bond

2:00 PM non-broadcast service
The Lincoln Theatre
Washington, D.C.

Julian Bond Web Memorial Hosted by the Southern Poverty Law Center:

Monday, October 5, 2015
Remarks by Taylor Branch to new U.S. citizens
White House naturalization ceremony to commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act

Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Indian Treaty Room
Washington, D.C.

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Friday, June 26, 2015
Keynote Address to the National Employment Lawyers Association
9:00AM at Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel
210 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(Open to members)

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Keynote Address to receive the BIO award from Biographers International
12:30pm at the National Press Club, 13th Floor
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045
(Open to members)

Taylor Branch Wins 2015 Bio Award
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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Address to Presidential Leadership Scholars
LBJ Library
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705
(Closed event)

LBJ Presidential Library events page

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Awards Dinner
6:00PM at the Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC
On behalf of the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights,
I will present the Humphrey Award to former Attorney General Eric Holder

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Saturday, May 2, 2015
“Vietnam: The Power of Protest”
Washington Commemoration 40 Years Later
Program Begins 9AM at NY Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005
I will moderate a 1:30pm breakout session: “Activism in Social Change”

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 3:30 p.m.
Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism
Belo Center for New Media
Moody College of Communication
University of Texas
300 W Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX 78712

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Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Presidential Lecture
Straub Lecture Hall, Room 156
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

University of Oregon website

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Tribute to the Life and Work of Dr. Clement Price
Billy Johnson Auditorium
The Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, N.J. 07102

The Newark Museum website

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m.
“From Selma to Ferguson: The Black Freedom Struggle and the
Redemption of U.S. Democracy”
MLK Black History Month Lecture
Slavin Center ’64 Hall
Providence College
Providence, Rhode Island

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Symposium: “Ethical Issues in Sports”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
LBJ Library
Austin, Texas
The Civil Rights Summit: We Shall Overcome, 1964-2014

more information: LBJ Library Announcement Civil Rights Summit website

Sunday, February 23, 2014
5:00 pm
First Baptist Church
99 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC

Looking Ahead With Dr. King
A Presentation Jointly to the two First Baptist Churches of Raleigh NC One historically African American and the other historically white Both churches standing near North Carolina’s capitol

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Myth and Miracles from the King Years

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Monday, January 20, 2014
Civil Rights Then and Now: Reflections on the King Years
7 pm

Open to the public
Kiehle Auditorium
University of Minnesota Crookston

University of Minnesota Crookston Official Blog Article of Event >
Crookston Times Article of Event>

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
A Talk on Martin Luther King, Jr.
8 pm

Pioneer Institute for Public Policy
Omni Parker House
Boston, Massachusetts

More info coming soon >

Monday, January 13, 2014
Baltimore Masters Series
7 pm

Ivy Bookshop
6080 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21209

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
2013 Human Rights Summit

Sunday, November 24, 2013
National Council for the Social Studies

Saturday, November 23, 2013
National Council for the Social Studies

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at New York University
Autumn Lecture, “The Beloved Community: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement”
20 Cooper Square, seventh floor, NYC

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
American Negro Playwright Theatre, Nashville, TN

A Talk on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, October 18, 2013
Maryland Council for Social Studies

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL

Ethics in Athletics.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Event at the U.S. State Department

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

“Myth & Miracles from the King Years”

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Teaching Workshop with Teacher on using “The King Years”
Teach for America
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Homewood Campus

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Elon University, Elon, NC

“Myth & Miracles from the King Years”

Saturday, September 21, 2013

National Book Festival
History & Biography Pavilion

Thursday, August 29, 2013
Historian Taylor Branch on the March on Washington and the Kennedy’s Aversion to Dr. King’s Struggle

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
PBS Newshour with Gwen Ifill


Hardball with Chris Matthews
Time: During 7PM news hour, Live

“Tell Me More” with Michelle Martin

Interview about civil rights curriculum and Branch’s online courses.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
“Daily Rundown”
Panel with Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

USA Today

Cover story on the 50th anniversary of The March on DC
Mention in a story on The March
Mention in “Playbook” column
Mention in a story on Obama, race and class

Monday, August 26, 2013
Radio National (Australia ABC)
Late Night Live with Phillip Adams

Washington Foreign Press Center

Event with U.S. Department of State


Tavis Smiley Show

Los Angeles Times

Quoted in article about the March

Sunday, August 25, 2013
Face the Nation
Time: 11:00-11:30 AM ET Live
MTP Press Pass
Interview with David Gregory

Saturday, August 24, 2013
Melissa Harris-Perry Show
Time: 11:00-Noon AM ET Live

Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera English

Live on the DC Mall
Time: TBD

Friday, August 23, 2013
PM Drive


Politics with Al Sharpton

Thursday, August 22, 2013
National Radio
Tom Joyner Morning Show


Brian Lehrer Show

CBC-TV (Canadian Broadcasting Corp)

@ National Press Building


MTP Press Pass

Sunday, August 18, 2013
USA Weekend, and Gannett Wires
Article on the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington

Monday, August 12, 2013
Roundup of PBS March on Washington coverage

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Smithsonian – National Museum of African American History and Culture

14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20560
Warner Bros Theatre

A conversation with Rex Ellis

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West

New York, MY 10024

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $7 for students and are available on January 4, 2013.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
“The State of Things” WUNC-FM/NPR, Raleigh Durham)

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Enoch Pratt Free Library

400 Cathedral Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
TV One’s “Washington Watch with Roland Martin”

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Mike Cuthbert Show – AARP Radio

Friday, January 25, 2013

Aspen Institute

Moderated discussion by James Fallows

Thursday, January 24, 2013
WYPR-Maryland Morning

Thursday, January 24, 2013
WAMU-FM-Kojo Nnamdi Show

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

“Get Connected with Conn Jackson”, WAEC-AM

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mark Steiner Show
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Sunday, January 20, 2013
CBS Face the Nation, 11 AM EST

A look at the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joe Califano, Lehigh University’s Dr. James Peterson, and Taylor Branch, author of “The King Years”

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Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Diane Rehm Show; NPR Radio

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Monday, January 14, 2013
“Culture Shocks with Barry Lynn”; NBC Radio

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
“Armstrong & Getty Show”; KKSF-AM


Thursday, January 10, 2013
Midtown II Auditorium Community Room

AT&T’s annual “In the Circle of Legends” MLK Celebration

725 W Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA

Monday, January 7, 2013
Tom Joyner Show

Taylor Branch interview with Roland Martin, Tom Joyner, Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Chantilly Ballroom West, Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX

Annual Convention for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, “Featured Session: The State of Intercollegiate Athletics in Today’s Ever-Changing Environment.”

With Wade Manual, Athletics Director at the University of Connecticut; Marilyn McNeil, Athletics Director at Monmouth University; and Tim Selgo, Athletics Director at Grand Valley State University; Moderated by Steve Weinberg of USA Today.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012
Paepcke Auditorium, Aspen, Colorado

Aspen Ideas Festival, Panel Discussion “College Sports at a Crossroads: Entertainment or Education?” 

With New York Times columnist Joe Nocera; NCAA Vice President Wallace Renfro; and Oregon State head basketball coach Craig Robinson, moderated by ESPN correspondent Tom Farrey, director of the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society program

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Room TBA at the Hotel Jerome, Aspen Colorado

Aspen Ideas Festival, one-on-one discussion with actress Anna Deavere Smith, “College Sports: A Canary in the Mine?  Will the Higher Education Bubble Burst Like Others?”

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Monday, July 2, 2012
St. Augustine, FL 

Freedom Trail Luncheon
Honoring the St. Augustine Movement

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
1150 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

In “The Future of College Sports,” the American Enterprise Institute sponsors a public debate between author Taylor Branch and Louisiana State University President Dr. John Lombardi.

Monday, March 19, 2012
“Violence and Nonviolence in History and Everyday Life”

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Friday, November 4, 2011
“Forty Years After MLK: Looking Ahead With Obama”

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH  44114

Reservations are required. More info >

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Presenter with Bob Moses and Drew S. Days, III
“Breaking the Caste System”
Ceremony Honoring John Doar
Former Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division

Sidwell Friends School
3825 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Search for Common Ground Awards Ceremony

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Monday, October 24
Eulogy and Tribute
Funeral of Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth

Faith Chapel
100 Lexington Street
Birmingham, AL 35224