Pulitzer Prize nominee Mary Stanton encourages students to ‘take flight’

February 1, 2015
Photo by Jay Stancil Mary Stanton speaks at Union College's Spring Convocation.

Photo by Jay Stancil
Mary Stanton speaks at Union College’s Spring Convocation.

By Andy Powell


For the Mountain Advocate

Union College alum and Pulitzer Prize nominee Mary Stanton likened one’s course through life to that of an eagle “riding the winds of change” and urged students to take flight in the world.

Stanton was the featured speaker at the spring convocation at Union College. She returned to campus after 42 years, the latter of which have been spent as a civil rights journalist and author. Her 1998 book, From Selma to Sorrow: The Life and Death of Viola Liuzzo, was nominated in 1999 for a Pulitzer Prize.

Stanton told students that in order to fly, eagles are poised with great flexibility while in air. As the current of wind changes, so does the eagle’s pattern. Eagles soar, they drift and they glide, she said.

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