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TRUTHSayers: Isabel Wilkerson

May 30 @ 7:00 pm
980 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States


Join the TRUTHSayers Speaker Series for an unforgettable evening with Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal. Immerse yourself in an exploration of our shared humanity, as Wilkerson brings to light powerful stories of migration, family, and citizenship within Pittsburgh’s Black community. Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired by one of the most influential voices of our time. After the event, attendees can meet Wilkerson at an 8PM book signing, with books available for purchase.

This TRUTHSayers Speaker Series is an ongoing program bringing today’s preeminent speakers and artists to the Center to reflect on current events and share unique and thought-provoking material in hopes of inspiring racial awareness and understanding between people.

This event kicks off PA Humanities’ new 50th Anniversary initiative Voices of History, a statewide effort to collect and celebrate the stories, family histories, struggles, and triumphs of Black Pennsylvanians in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is made possible with the generous support of Erie Insurance, The Heinz Endowments, Tom Hagen, and The National Endowment for the Humanities through United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture.

Learn more about Voices of History: Stories from Black Pennsylvanians at PAHumanities.org/Voices.

About the Speaker

Wilkerson is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns, and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. “Wilkerson’s work,” in the words of The American Prospect magazine, “is the missing puzzle piece of our country’s history.” The Warmth of Other Suns won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, and was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post. TIME Magazine named it one of the “10 Best Non-Fiction Books” of the decade. The New York Times Magazine named Warmth to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time. Her new book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, was published in August 2020 to critical acclaim and became a Number 1 New York Times bestseller. Dwight Garner of The New York Times called it, “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” Oprah Winfrey chose it as her 2020 Summer/Fall book club selection, declaring it “the most important book” she had ever selected. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her deeply humane narrative writing while serving as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Wilkerson the National Humanities Medal for “championing the stories of an unsung history.” As the historian Jill Lepore observed in The New Yorker: “What Wilkerson urges, isn’t argument at all; it’s compassion. Hush, and listen.”

For more information on Isabel Wilkerson, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.