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Roger Brown Residency

The Roger Brown Residency in Social Justice, Writing and Sport

About the Residency

The Roger Brown Residency in Social Justice, Writing and Sport at the University of Dayton is an opportunity for a distinguished writer to engage the University and wider Dayton community in a conversation about the intersections of athletics, literature, and justice. Writers and athletes have long named wrongs and sought justice, and sports often have provided a lens into struggles to create a more just social order. By inviting a writer whose work reflects the University of Dayton’s commitments to excellence in athletics, academics, and social justice, the University and wider community will celebrate, reflect upon, and synthesize the roles of writing and athletics in the pursuit of social justice in a nationally distinctive writer’s residency.

Roger Brown’s life is emblematic of the struggles that many people face in pursuit of the good and a good life. Even for those among the most gifted, that pursuit is often made all too difficult by seemingly intractable social circumstances and forces. Roger Brown represents the grit, persistence, and commitment to excellence over the long haul that can bring about a more just social order for today and tomorrow.

The Roger Brown Residency celebrates the work of writers and the work of athletes in these struggles and brings the community together in dialogue about barriers to social justice as well as our hopes and aspirations for a more just society.

Image, top of page: Blackballed 'Totem' Drawing: Roger "The Rajah" Brown, by James Pate.

About Roger Brown

Not only was Roger Brown a champion on the hardwood, he was a winner as a civil servant, businessman and philanthropist. Read his biography >

Read the University's Announcement:
09.27.19
University of Dayton establishes Roger Brown residency in social justice, writing, and sport; Selects Wil Haygood as inaugural resident

The University of Dayton today announced celebrated author Wil Haygood has been named to a new writer's residency honoring stand-out professional basketball player and former UD student Roger Brown, which will explore the intersection of sports and social justice. 

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Inaugural Residency: Wil Haygood

Wil Haygood is a celebrated journalist and author, known for his 2008 Washington Post article that was the basis for the film The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and the 2017 Patrick Henry Fellowship Literary Award.

His 2015 book on Thurgood Marshall, SHOWDOWN, is currently being developed as a documentary TV miniseries. A native of Columbus and a graduate of Miami University, Haygood also serves as Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in Miami's Department of Media, Journalism and Film.

Haygood will be in residency at the University of Dayton from November 5 through 7.

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The Roger Brown Lecture

Wil Haygood will give the inaugural Roger Brown Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on November 6 in the Kennedy Union Ballroom.

Film Screening

Wil Haygood will introduce a screening of Glory Road at 7:30 p.m. on November 7 in Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Phillips Humanities Center.