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CCBC welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist as guest lecturer for
President’s Distinguished African American Lecture Series
Isabel Wilkerson, author of ‘The Warmth of Other Suns,’ shares how the
Great Migration helped reshape America

Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson

Baltimore County, Md. (Jan. 30, 2012) – CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis welcomes Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author as the guest for the 2012 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series. Scheduled for 11:15 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 in the Theatre at CCBC Dundalk, Wilkerson will discuss her bestselling book – The Warmth of Other Suns.

Wilkerson spent 15 years interviewing more than 1,200 people to write The Warmth of Other Suns, her award-winning work of narrative nonfiction that tells the epic story of three people who made the decision of their lives in what came to be known as the Great Migration.

The Great Migration was one of the biggest underreported stories of the 20th Century. It lasted from 1915 to 1970, involved six million people and was one of the largest internal migrations from the South to the North in U.S. history.

The Warmth of Other Suns

It changed the cultural and political landscape of the United States, exerting pressure on the South to change and paving the way toward equal rights for the lowest caste people in the country.

A gifted and passionate speaker, Wilkerson has addressed the topics of migration, social justice, urban affairs and 20th Century history at universities across the country and in Europe. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’s 60 Minutes, PBS’s Charlie Rose, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, NBC’s Nightly News, MSNBC, C-SPAN and others.

In 1994, Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. She was the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism. She won for her pieces on the rural heartache of the Midwest floods and her profile of a ten–year–old boy growing up with a man’s obligations on the South Side of Chicago.

Currently a professor of Journalism and director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University, Wilkerson has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor at Emory University.

Immediately following the lecture, Wilkerson will participate in a reception and book signing.

This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. For tickets, contact the CCBC Box Office at 443-840-2787 or stop by the CCBC Dundalk or CCBC Catonsville Student Life Offices.

*Photos of the book and author can be found at

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