This study group will explore one of the greatest American social transformations of the twentieth century, the “Great Migration” of African Americans from the rural south to the urban north and west. Our text will be The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (Vintage, 2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among a long list of accolades. Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, tells the story of how African Americans moved out of the Jim Crow south between roughly 1915 and 1970, to cities in the North and West. The Great Migration involved around 6.6 million African Americans leaving the South. One historian has put this vast demographic shift in perspective writing: “The Great Migration was one of the largest and most rapid mass internal movements in history — ...[outranking] the migration of any other ethnic group — Italians or Irish or Jews or Poles — to [the United States].” Wilkerson recounts these events by telling the stories of three individuals who moved respectively to Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Please join us in exploring their remarkable stories and the profound social changes which followed in their wake.