Best-Selling Author Speaks to NSU Students
(NSU NEWSROOM--Aug. 21, 2014)--Isabel Wilkerson, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author, visited the campus of Norfolk State University earlier this week to discuss her popular book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” at the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center.
Wilkerson spoke to students and guests about her popular work, which tells the stories of dozens of families who migrated from the Deep South to Northern states during the Great Migration.
The author shared vignettes that described some of the experiences of the subjects in her book — African American patriarchs and matriarchs who moved or sent their children away from the Jim Crow south of the 1920s and 1930s. Wilkerson said the “power of their individual decisions” allowed for a new generation of African Americans to have freedoms that opened the door for them to pursue their education and careers.
Her visit to the NSU campus is a part of the New Lyceum Speaker Series, which is organized by the Division of Student Affairs and Honors College: Discipline –Specific Honor Programs. Wilkerson’s book was selected as part of NSU’s Freshman Common Reader Program that is required for first-year and transfer students.
Wilkerson encouraged the audience, primarily made up of incoming NSU freshmen, to make the most of their opportunities so they could fulfill the dreams of their ancestors.
“We all have this beautiful, tremendous burden to bear,” Wilkerson said. “We have to make what they gave us mean something.”