Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m., Music Hall Ballroom
Clarence Newsome, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will introduce her.
For her book, Wilkerson gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the Great Migration, when from World War I until the 1970s, 6 million African-Americans headed north, where they hoped to find economic opportunity and freedom from Jim Crow laws.
Wilkerson will address the persistence of racial injustice and economic disparity as a national challenge and the lessons her historical analysis can teach us.
Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1994 while Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. She was the first African-American woman to ever win a Pulitzer. Her commentary and articles appear regularly, and she can be seen on national news programs and heard frequently on PBS News Hour.
Tickets are $40 for the lecture (students $10), or $100 for a reception with the speaker plus lecture.