Author of The Warmth of Other Suns, about the search for freedom during the Great Migration, a watershed in American history.
And they carried themselves with the dignity that had been denied them and their forebears for 246 years.... Happy Juneteenth. In honor of the last of the enslaved people to hear that they had been freed.
John Lewis was the last living of the Big Six civil rights leaders of the 1963 March on Washington. “Freedom is not a state, “ he once said. “Freedom is the continuous action we all must take, and each generation must do its part to create an even more fair, more just society.”
Overcome by the starkly humble, last crossing of John Lewis over the Edmund Pettus Bridge: the horse-drawn carriage, red wheels plodding over rose petals, casket draped by the flag. The horseman in top hat, rising at the crest of the bridge to hold his hat to his heart. #Selma
Just now returning to Twitter after years of hibernation, completing my book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. It’s an x-ray of our country. It drops on Aug. 11, 2020. I hope you will love it as much as you did The Warmth of Other Suns.