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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Mississippi Roots, Once Removed



If you still haven't read Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, this interview will tempt you otherwise. Spoiler Alert: The interview with Isabel Wilkerson immediately follows the minute forty-six second donation solicitation.

The Great Migration involved three streams: the East Coast, the Midwest, and the West Coast. In fifteen years, Wilkerson interviewed more than 1200 persons for this tome. Many friends have talked about this book but it wasn't until I saw her at BookTV.org, that I too wanted to know more about the migration. 

With Mississippi roots, once removed, I focused on Ida Mae (Brandon) Gladney, who migrated from Chickasaw County, MS to Chicago in 1930s. By contrast, George Starling of Lake County, FL migrated to Harlem in the 1940s and Robert Foster, of Monroe, Ouachita Parish, LA migrated to Los Angeles in the 1950s.

Want to know more? Be sure to watch Part II of Amy Goodman's interview here.

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