The Provost’s Office and the RU Library are sponsoring an author talk and book signing by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration on Wednesday, October 2 from 6 to 8pm in the Murray-Green Library on the 10th floor of the Auditorium Building in celebration of this year’s entering class of undergraduates, at the Chicago Campus, who are reading the book. This year’s entering freshmen class is joining the entire City of Chicago in reading The Warmth of Other Suns, which is also the “One Book One Chicago” selection for 2013-14.
Roosevelt University chose The Warmth of Other Suns as the First Year Seminar book for its social justice themes and its extensively well-researched and engaging storytelling which chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of Black Americans who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. We are delighted to invite our entire campus community to this event, and in particular our new undergraduates.
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.