Nationally Syndicated Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. on Race and Life in the South

Nationally Syndicated Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. on Race and Life in the South

Nationally syndicated newspaper columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. started out as a music critic. Born and raised in Southern California, he was hired by The Miami Herald in 1991 and began writing his own column shortly after — tackling topics such as race and current affairs.

His columns on Trayvon Martin have recently drawn attention and his column on terrorism, “We’ll Go Forward From This Moment,” was read around the world and quoted by Congressman Richard Gephardt.

In 2004, he was honored with a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

Pitts also has been a radio producer, college professor and is the author of two novels (“Freeman” and “Before I Forget”) and two other books, a collection of his columns and “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood.”

In addition, he is a lecturer, speaking all around the country.

Pitts will talk on the topic of “Chains, Roots and Wings” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Flagler College.

The Record caught up with Pitts last week. Here is what he had to say:

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Source: St. Augustine Record | RENEE UNSWORTH – renee.unsworth@staugustine.com

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