Alumni Book Discussion

The warmth of other suns

Isabel Wilkerson

National Book Critics Circle Award Winner
A New York Times Top 10 Best Book of the Year

Sunday, February 17, 2013
                                  2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
                                     Marygrove College
                                     Liberal Arts Building

From World War I to the 1970s, some six million black Americans fled the American South for an uncertain existence in the urban North and West. They left all they knew and took a leap of faith that they might find freedom under the Warmth of Other Suns.

Their leaving became known as the Great Migration. It brought us James Baldwin, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Richard Wright and the forebears of Michelle Obama, Toni Morrison and most African-Americans in the North and West. It set in motion the civil rights movement and contributed to our cities and art forms.

This 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.

Isabel Wilkerson, who spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism and was the first black American to win for individual reporting. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, she devoted fifteen years to the research and writing of this book. 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 relocation of an entire people in The Warmth of Other Suns.

Dr. Loretta Woodard, Associate Professor of English will facilitate the discussion.  To register or for more information contact Druel Outley ’00 at (313) 342-3208 or or Sheila Keefe ’56 at (586) 268-0481 or by February 13, 2013.  We look forward to a great turn-out and stimulating conversation!

One thought on “Alumni Book Discussion

  1. I read this book a year ago and all I can say is that it is wonderful. It gives a real insight into a migration in our country that most of were not even aware of. I hope you have a great discussion. There should be plenty to talk over. Enjoy.

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