Isabel Wilkerson Talks: The Warmth of Other Suns

Tonight there will be an exceptional event for people interested in urban America in general and Chicago in particular: Isabel Wilkerson, the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, will be talking at the Harold Washington Library.

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

This inspiring book is the current One Book, One Chicago selection chosen by the Chicago Public Library: The Library has previously organized a wide variety of programs related to the book. I’m just sorry I missed every one of them:

Wilkerson will be talking about the thousands of people she interviewed during the decade she spent researching the stories of 6 million African-Americans who fled the South between 1915 and 1970 for new lives in the North. The book focuses on three individuals, who joined the Great Migration on their paths to Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.


Aside from being as well-written as the best novels, the book led me to all sorts of questions and ideas about Chicago’s neighborhoods. I read it two years ago, but it definitely played a role in my developing interest in introducing Jane’s Walk to Chicago, and in expanding it to other neighborhoods beyond downtown.

The event starts at 6:00PM, but the library is offering tickets on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 4:30. If you have the time, by all means, GO … and I’d be delighted to read your comments.

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