One of the most impressive, historical, thought-provoking books that I have ever read on "The Blackman's Read Aloud Hour Project was the Warmth Of Other Suns, it was written by an HBCU Howard University Graduate, Isabel Wilkerson Class of 1983. Nine years ago today on September 7, 2010, this epic story of black migration within the United States by African Americans escaping the horrid racist conditions of the Jim Crow South was published. While many immigration stories are written and told of Europeans moving across the Atlantic Ocean to seek a new way of life as they moved away from their lives in their native lands. The Warmth of Other Suns tells the tale of the millions of African Americans who moved within this nation towards a life free of the oppression of bigotry and hatred they were facing in the South.
The Warmth of Other Suns details the epic migration of blacks to the East, West, and Central United States in vivid detail through the lives of Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, George Swanson Starling, Robert Joseph Pershing Foster, Isabel Wilkerson's parents and the millions of other African Americans who sought to seek a renewal of hope not in a foreign land but a land within the land they lived. What an outstanding book The Warmth of Other Suns is. This book which not only tells a series of magnificent stories but also provides the reader with a sense of hopefulness in dreaming for something more in his/her life. Every home, especially African American homes should have a copy of The Warmth of Other Suns in its home library. It quite simply is a masterpiece that should be owned and read for generations to read forever. There aren't many books that reach the level of excellence that The Warmth of Other Suns reach that is why I, The Blackman Who Reads Aloud recommends that you should own a personal copy. It is an excellent read-aloud book that will lead to a wonderful discussion of your own family's ancestry with your children. I so love for the diligent work and persistence that Isabel Wilkerson put in creating The Warmth of Other Suns. I celebrate the 9th anniversary of this, one of the first books I read on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project.