Author Isabel Wilkerson to speak at KSU April 12


Pulitzer Prize winner will discuss best-selling “The Warmth of Other Suns” KENNESAW, Ga…

Georgia (Apr 6, 2011)Pulitzer Prize winner will discuss best-selling “The Warmth of Other Suns”

KENNESAW, Ga. (April 6, 2011) — Isabel Wilkerson, a former New York Times journalist whose recent book about the “great migration” of American blacks landed on all the nation’s top best seller lists, will speak at Kennesaw State University on April 12.   


Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns” chronicles what has been labeled “the biggest underreported story of the 20th century” — the migration of some 6 million blacks who fled the discrimination they faced in the American South for uncertain futures in the North and West.  The author, whose research included interviews with more than 1,200 people, will discuss the migration, which started in 1915 and did not end until the 1970s.  The author also will sign copies of her book. Her talk is sponsored by KSU's Office of Diversity & Inclusion.


Wilkerson, a former national correspondent and bureau chief for The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism and the first black American to win for individual reporting.  She moved to Atlanta in 1994 after winning the Pulitzer to devote herself full-time to researching and writing “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which was published by Random House in 2010.


Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m.


University Rooms C, D and E in the Student Center on the Kennesaw State campus at 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw, GA 30144


Kennesaw State University is the third largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.  


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit