“The Warmth Of Other Suns” Isabel Wilkerson 22 January 2013 6:30pm

In this epic beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles on of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration if black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, the exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.

Wilkerson compares the epic migration to the migrations of other people in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our countries, and ourselves.

With stunning historical detail, Wilkerson tells this story through the lives of three unique individuals: Ida Mae Gladney who in 1937 left sharecropping and prejudice in Mississippi for Chicago, where she achieved quiet blue collard success in old age voted for Barack Obama when he ran for Illinois Senate seat; sharp and quick-tempered George Starling who in 1945 fled Florida for Harlem, where he endangered his job fighting for civil rights, saw his family fall and finally found peace in God; Robert Foster who left Louisiana in 1953 to pursue a medical career, the personal physician to Ray Charles as part of a glittery successful medical career which allowed him to purchase a grand home where he often threw exuberant parties.

Wilkerson brilliantly captures their first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved then with discipline, drive and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, “The Warmth Of Other Suns” is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an unrecognized immigration” within our own land. Through the breadth of its narrative, the beauty of the writing, the depth of its research, and the fullness of the people and lives portrayed herein, this book is destined to become a classic.

Hello TTT Ladies,

Please show your support on 22 January 2013 6:30 pm at the Augusta Richmond County Public Library 823 Telfair St Augusta,GA 30901

We will be discussing “The Warmth Of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson


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