By Isabel Wilkerson
The author won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting as Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times. The award made her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize.
“By focusing on every day experiences rather than sweeping generalities, the book allowed me to see the insidious and pervasive nature of Jim Crow, how it affected every moment of every day, how no action could be too insignificant to be viewed as a threat to the social order and therefore to involve the risk of one’s life. I had no idea that it was illegal for black people to work outside the cotton fields or orange groves, nor did I have any idea it was so dangerous to leave the south. These lives and stories are deeply, deeply affecting.”
Held at the Montague Public Library
1238 S. Winnebago St, Rockford, IL 61102:
First Meeting: Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6:00-7:45 pm. We will meet and discuss the 1st half of the book.
2nd Meeting: Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 6:00-7:45 pm We will meet and discuss the 2nd half of the book.
Questions: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by The Community Initiative for Racial and Social Justice
A Program of the Institute for the Oneness of Humanity, in partnership with Rockford Public Library