America’s Great Migration, Gospel and Panda-monia

America’s Great Migration, Gospel and Panda-monia

african american migration

Aired on November 3, 2012

World Footprints travels today in celebration of gospel music, in the enjoyment of Panda havens, and in search of the warmth of other suns.  First, Coretta Scott King Illustrator award-winning artist Michele Wood will join us to talk about her newest book, I See the Rhythm of Gospel.  Then, TV naturalist Nigel Marven, the Jack Hannah of Britain, will stop by to talk about his latest adventures of living on Panda reserves in China.  Finally, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson shares the stories and inspirations behind her first book, The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story about America’s Great Migration.

From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people – America’s Great Migration, changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves. Isabel Wilkerson brilliantly captures the protagonists’ first treacherous and exhausting cross-country trips by car and train and their new lives in colonies that grew into ghettos, as well as how they changed these cities with southern food, faith, and culture and improved them with discipline, drive, and hard work. Both a riveting microcosm and a major assessment, The Warmth of Other Suns is a bold, remarkable, and riveting work, a superb account of an “unrecognized immigration” within our own land. 

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