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date: 01 October 2020

Wilkerson, Isabel locked

(March 1961 – ),
  • Joshunda Sanders


one of the nation's most prominent journalists and the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, was born in Washington, DC. Her parents, whose names are unknown, were born in Georgia and Southern Virginia and migrated to Washington, DC, where they met at Howard University. Wilkerson would later write in her epic first book, The Warmth of Other Suns (2010), that their story piqued her interest in Southern migrants moving to the urban North in what she would later call an “internal immigration.”

Wilkerson's interest in journalism began early. She edited her high school newspaper before she went on to attend her parents' alma mater. As a student at Howard, she rose through the ranks at the college newspaper, The Hilltop, to become editor in chief Her flair for narrative reporting was noticed in the early 1980s when she won a national Sigma ...

A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.

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