Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” and the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, will speak at the University of Memphis.
Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns,” and the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, will speak at the University of Memphis’ Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive, at 7 p.m. on March 1.
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Wilkerson’s work tells of a time in the history of the United States when some six million African Americans fled the American South for an uncertain existence in the urban North and West. Their leaving became known as the Great Migration. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, “The Warmth of Other Suns” is the story of three who made the journey, of the forces that compelled them to leave and of the many others – famous and not so famous – who went as far as they could to realize the American Dream.
An award-winning journalist, Wilkerson spent a large portion of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times. In addition to being the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, she is also the first African American to win for individual reporting. She devoted 15 years to the research and writing of her book and interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival works, and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the story of the relocation of an entire people.
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