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An Evening with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author: Isabel Wilkerson

Mon Feb 3 2014

HICKORY—Historian, journalist and writer Isabel Wilkerson will be at Lenoir-Rhyne University on Thursday Feb. 20 to discuss her work. Her book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” details a key period that shaped this nation and forever changed the future of African Americans across the country.

Wilkerson will speak at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum. This event is open to the public and free for all guests. No tickets or reservations are required.

From 1915 through the 1970s some 6 million African Americans left the southern states in what has become known as The Great Migration. Wilkerson’s bestselling book was 15 years in the making and it tells the story of the Migration by chronicling the lives of three of the people who left the south behind in their quest for opportunity and equality. During her research for the book, Wilkerson interviewed more than 1,000 people who made the migration from the South toNorthern and Western cities.

Wilkerson was the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism. She won the award for feature writing for her coverage of the 1993 midwestern floods, and her profile of a 10-year-old boy who was responsible for his four siblings. Several of Wilkerson’s articles are included in the book Pulitzer Prize Feature Stories: America’s Best Writing, 1979 – 2003, edited by David Garlock.

Sponsors of the 2013-2014 Series include:  Crowne Plaza–Hickory, WFAE 90.7fm, Our State: North Carolina, the Hickory Public Library, the Greater Hickory Kia Classic, the United Arts Council of Catawba County, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and the Catawba Valley Community Foundation.

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