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The Warmth of Other Suns, The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, and Bento Box on Armitage


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Charles Coleman, film programmer at Facets Cinematheque, is reading:

The Warmth of Other Suns As Thucydides once said, "History is philosophy teaching by examples." No better representation of this statement can be demonstrated than by reading The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, an award-winning journalist and professor. It is hard to believe that no one had previously chronicled the mass migration of millions of African-Americans from the south, which began in the 1910s and continued to the 1970s, as they sought the uncertain prospects of a better future in the north.

The result of this extraordinary journey regarding its impact is incalculable, as the generational legacy detailed in this extraordinary book crosses the entire spectrum of the American experience. The Warmth of Other Suns reads like a novel and Wilkerson's writing style compels the audience to follow along with keen interest as we share the delight and plight of her subjects. My parents were part of this iconic movement. Ms. Wilkerson has powerfully reminded us that our country is about its people who will do their best to triumph over any adversity. As someone once said, "History never looks like history when you are living through it."

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