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Opening General Session

Sunday, Nov. 16 | Noon-2:00 p.m.
New Orlean's Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The American Public Health Association's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition will open with a look at the universal story of migration chronicled through the writing of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson will share her experiences while researching and writing The New York Times bestseller “The Warmth of Other Suns.”

Her book follows the lives of three young black Americans who fled the South in search of a better life. They are part of the almost 6 million people whose exodus from the South became known as the Great Migration. With 15 years of research and more than 1,200 interviews, Wilkerson has captured the enduring search for the American dream. Her book presents a dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded and how the Great Migration altered our cities and our country.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for her work as Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times, making her the first black woman in American journalism to win the prestigious award. She has also received numerous accolades and has appeared on national programs such as CBS' "60 Minutes," NPR's "Fresh Air" and PBS' "NewsHour."

APHA Book Club
APHA's first Book Club was a success! The Facebook conversation is available for view. See what others had to say and s
ubmit your story of migration for a chance to meet Wilkerson after the Opening General Session of APHA's Annual Meeting. Find out more.


Pre-Opening General Session Entertainment
We’re kicking off the Annual Meeting on a high note with an authentic jazz performance by Dr. White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band. Head to the hall at 11:15 a.m. for great music.

Post-Opening General Session Fun!
Following the Opening General Session attendees are invited to the opening of the Public Health Expo
and the first set of poster sessions. Stop by APHA Press to pick up a copy of the "The Warmth of Other Suns" and have it signed by Isabel Wilkerson.