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Isabel Wilkerson

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson will speak on "The Decision of Their Lives: The Untold Story of America's Great Migation" on Friday, January 7 at 7 p.m. in 'Iolani School's Seto Hall. The free lecture will be followed by a book signing. Wilkerson is the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. She is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, which made the New York Times list of the top ten books of 2010. 

One of the most significant population shifts of the 20th century was the exodus of nearly six million black Americans from the South to cities in the Northeast, Midwest and West, yet the effects of what is now known as the Great Migration were not extensively studied until Wilkerson. She was the New York Times Chicago Bureau Chief in 1994 when she became the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for her debut book The Warmth of Other Suns.





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