Fifteen years in the making, the book follows the intimate and moving stories of three African–American families who left the only place they'd ever known — the rural and small–town South — to find a better life in the urban North and West. It is the first major work to chronicle the Great Migration and its aftermath on a national scale, over the course of nearly a century.
Wilkerson was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where her parents settled after journeying from Georgia and southern Virginia during the Great Migration. She attended Howard University and graduated with a degree in journalism. Her love of the written word has led her to a prolific and distinguished career in journalism, most of it spent at The New York Times.
Tuesday's event is sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.