Isabel Wilkerson: The Great Migration and Immigration

Immigration has become an urgent topic in the U.S. and around the world. How do the Great Migration and immigration resemble each other, today? Where do they intersect and how do they differ? What can we learn from the cautionary tale of six million Americans fleeing repression within the borders of their own country? In this SUMMIT Signature Series talk, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Isabel Wilkerson outlines why The Great Migration is ultimately the story of millions of Americans who became immigrants in their own country, all in an effort to be recognized as citizens. A book signing will follow the talk.


Thursday, February 7, 2019
7 p.m.
Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall
Agnes Scott College

Event Contact:
Nikita Burks-Hale, 

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Department of English, Department of History, Africana Studies Program and Center for Global Learning.

Complimentary parking is available in the college’s West Parking Facility located on S. McDonough Street. Directions to campus.

About Isabel Wilkerson

Pulitzer Prize winner and National Humanities Medalist Isabel Wilkerson is the author of The New York Times bestseller "The Warmth of Other Suns," winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

She has become an impassioned voice for demonstrating how history can help us understand ourselves, our country and our current era of upheaval. In her writing, Wilkerson brings the invisible and the marginalized into the light and into our hearts. In her lectures, she explores with authority the need to reconcile America’s karmic racial inheritance — a notion she has expressed in her widely shared op-ed essays in The New York Times.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism.  

Learn more about Isabel Wilkerson.

Photo credit: Joe Henson