Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
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1947 – Taylor Branch, born on the 14th of January in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an American author and historian best known for his award-winning trilogy of books chronicling the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the history of the American civil rights movement.
1954 – 1963 – He is the bestselling author of Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, which won the Pulitzer Prize.
1963 – 1968 – Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, and At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years were the books he published.
1964 – Graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
1968 – 1970 – He graduated in and went on to earn an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
1970 – 1973 – He is a former staff member of The Washington Monthly, Harper’s, and Esquire.
1972 – He helped run the Texas campaign of Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.
1991 – He received a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (also known as a "genius grant") and the National Humanities Medal.
1998 – 2000 – He was a lecturer in politics and history at Goucher College.
2000 – The third and final volume of the 2,912-page trilogy, collectively called America in the King Years, was released in January.