Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in the history of American Journalism, and the first black American to win for individual reporting, will be speaking at two Cuyahoga Community College campuses Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Inspired by her own parents’ migration, she devoted 15 years to the research and writing of the book “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Wilkerson interviewed more than 1200 people, unearthed archival works, and gathered the voice of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the relocation of an entire people in her book, according to a promotion card issued by the CCC Marketing Department.
Wilkerson is scheduled to speak at the Tri-C Western Campus Theatre at 12 noon. Then following a 5p.m. reception, she will speak at the Metropolitan Campus Theatre at 6 p.m.
Wilkerson’s appearance is presented by the college’s 2011-2012 Celebrating Diversity Series.
Isabel Wilkerson spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, and is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest award.
“The Voice” will provide continuing coverage on Wilkerson’s appearance in future print and online editions.