2020 October

MHS Staff Book Recommendation

by Clare Krabill, MHS COO

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

by Isabel Wilkerson, © 2010

As non-profit professionals you understand the power of story to portray why your mission matters as you seek to move the hearts and minds of your constituents. Through story you hope to empower your reader to act on behalf of your mission.

In this deeply moving work of non-fiction the author tells the true-life stories of three African-American individuals who partook in the Great Migration, the movement of African-Americans out of the South and to the Midwest, Northwest and West from approximately 1915 to 1970. A New York Times Best Books of the Year honoree and rated by TIME magazine as one of the 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade, this book is deeply moving. The author interviewed more than 1,200 people to produce a work of non-fiction that enabled me to more clearly grasp the deeply imbedded systemic racism that has existed in our country for generations, how the pain of racism motivated brave change, and how this continues to effect Black people in America today. This is a vital part of our country’s history that all can benefit from learning about.

This book accomplished a rare thing, it changed my thinking, increased my awareness, and moved me through the power of relating human stories. I highly recommend this to those who are seeking to better understand how the journeys of the Great Migration unfolded, altering our cities, our culture, our country and ourselves.

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