Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, spent 15 years researching and writing The Warmth of Other Suns, the epic story of African Americans moving from the Southern U.S. to Northern and Western cities between 1915 and 1970 that changed the country’s culture and social fabric. Critics called her book “a beautifully-written masterwork” that gives readers hope. “The Warmth of Other Suns shows how hope can get people through the most intense situations, but action is required to make them something more than a dream. These actions will likely involve sacrifices – but they may not be in vain. Individual hopes can collectively change history,” wrote Lettecha Johnson in the (UK) Guardian.
The title comes from a poem by Richard Wright: “I was leaving the South
to fling myself into the unknown . . .
I was taking a part of the South
to transplant in alien soil,
to see if it could grow differently,
if it could drink of new and cool rains,
bend in strange winds,
respond to the warmth of other suns
and, perhaps, to bloom.”
Facing History: Isabelle Wilkerson at a community conversation.