From time to time I review books and I have just finished reading “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson. The author takes a sobering look at the history of post-slavery African Americans (how and WHY they migrated from America’s deep rural southern states to urban northern and Californian cities). This book is a must read for every American citizen and should be taught in all our schools. The author is a product of the Great Migration herself, a Pulitzer winning journalist for the New York Times (the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer), and this is her first book. Wilkerson interviewed 1200 people for backstory and it is rich in eye opening details yet very personal as the author follows the individual stories of 3 people, two men and one woman. The 3 stories are interwoven throughout the backdrop of history as it is happening and draws you in to really caring about these characters who are each extraordinary yet still “just folks” and were indeed real people who lived through this violent history. Until we can say that every citizen of America is truly equal and truly free, none of us are. And until that time comes, none of us truly have perfect feng shui. ‘Nuff said: go read it!
Daily Archives: October 31, 2010