ROME, Ga. -- Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson will speak during the Conson Wilson Lecture series on September 20 in the Berry College Chapel.
Wilkerson is a jornalist and author of "The Warmth of Other Suns," a book that became a best-seller, and tells of The Great Migration from World War I to the 1970's. During that time, around 6 million black Americans fled the south, and moved into the urban North and West, according to Berry.
The book won prizes including the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction, the 2011 Hillman Book Prize, the 2011 Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia universities, the 2011 Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize, the Independent Literary Award for Nonfiction, the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard University, the NAACP Image Award for best literary debut and was shortlisted for the 2011 Pen-Galbraith Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Wilkerson's work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1994.
She is the first black woman ever in American journalism to win a Pulitzer.
The lecture, free and open to the public is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.