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Thank you for joining us for The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence from Step Afrika! We are proud to have this incredible company back at the Emerson Cutler Majestic, bringing to life the history of the Great Migration through the lens of Jacob Lawrence’s art. Please share your reflections on the performance in the comments. To hear stories of migration in our own community or to learn more about the Great Migration, see these posts on…

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As we anticipate opening night for The Migration: Reflection on Jacob Lawrence on Thursday, we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Step Afrika! To Boston alongside incredible local organizations and performances last night with our Welcome to Boston Cast Party at Roxbury Community College. It was a night filled with the talents of Boston’s finest, as well as sneak peek into Step Afrika!’s upcoming performance. Hosted by Shaumba Yandje Dibinga and Barry Gaither, the nearly…

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The Great Migration started just before the United States entered the first World War, and extended into the 1970s–but what part did Boston play in this massive movement of African Americans to the north? During the first half of the twentieth century, Boston’s small but vocal African American population began to expand—by 13.3% between 1910 and 1940 according to U.S. census data. Immigrants from the West Indies and migrants from the south and west, including…

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  Renée Graham’s “White Fear is an American Problem” ran APRIL 16, 2018 in The Boston Globe   This article by Renee Graham in the Boston Globe last week shook me, hard: it explained, in direct and clear terms, something that I have intuitively felt in my own journey with ArtsEmerson’s vision but have struggled to articulate. As Artistic Director, a large part of my job is to help express the ArtsEmerson vision through the public…

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  Close followers of ArtsEmerson know the story of our commitment to fostering civic transformation through shared experience of art and dialogue. The easiest way to see that mission in action has been through the work on our stages and in the conversations we’ve both hosted and produced. For instance, take the recent world premiere of Claudia Rankine’s The White Card, which was surrounded by Citizen Read, Citizen Speak, and facilitated “Act II” conversations following…

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