'The Warmth of Other Suns'
I'm reading “The Warmth of Other Suns” right now, Isabel Wilkerson's beautiful, epic narrative following the migration of African Americans from the South to the North. It's easily the best book I've read in 2010. It's the sort of book that every American should read. I don't want to spend much more time talking about the book because I'll embarrass myself with hyperbole. Instead, I'll turn to Lawrence O'Donnell, who says, "Your understanding of America is woefully incomplete until you read 'The Warmth of Other Suns,’ ” and who had the wonderful idea to invite not just Wilkerson, but former NBA star Bill Russell, a child of that migration, onto his show last night. The clip is worth your time:
And kudos to O'Donnell for doing this segment: Our news shows have a tough time turning from "things that happened today" to "things that didn't happen today but still deserve our attention and consideration."
| October 19, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
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