This evening, Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson speaks about her acclaimed book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration and its resonance today. Her talk, "Karma and Consequences of Human Migration: The Cautionary Tale of America's Great Migration and the Universal Quest for Freedom" expands on the book's subject in light of current events in the United States and ongoing migrations into Europe.
Wilkerson devoted 15 years to the research and writing of The Warmth of Other Suns. She interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival works and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the Great Migration, one of the biggest underreported stories of the twentieth century and one of the largest migrations in American history.
The book was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, and made national news when President Obama chose it for summer reading in 2011. In 2012, The New York Times named The Warmth of Other Suns to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting.
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