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'Devil in the Grove'

Niskayuna graduate wins Pulitzer Prize

Gilbert King, a 1980 graduate of Niskayuna High School, was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his book "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America."
Photographer: The Associated Press
Gilbert King, a 1980 graduate of Niskayuna High School, was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his book "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America."
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At the tail end of the 1970s, Gilbert King would run around the Niskayuna High School football field on game days, perfecting his passes.

He wasn’t a Niskayuna Silver Warrior, nor did he want to be. He just wanted to put himself in the cleats of one in order to lend credence and first-person imagery to his stories in the school newspaper, The Warrior.

“I used to do these George Plimpton-like stories where I ...

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